8th DMZ Docs(2016)
I AM DOCU
The Kichwa tribe in the Sarayaku region of the Amazon in Ecuador believes in the ‘living forest’, where humans, animals and plants live in harmony. They are fighting oil companies who want to exploit their ancestral land, and have been doing so since Nina Gualinga was a child. A delegation of indigenous people, including Nina, went to the Paris COP21 climate conference to make sure their voices were heard. Along with other indigenous groups, they sailed down the Seine in a specially-constructed canoe.
The film guides the audience to the Amazon following a girl named 'Nina.' Amazon's Sarayaku area belongs to Nina's 'Kichwa Tribe' and the wildlife for generations. This is a place where Spider Monkeys, leafcutter Ants and many species only seen in the zoo exuberantly lives in harmony.
The Kichwa tribe senses that the human body, soul, wildlife, plants, the forest and the river are all connected in a tight circle of life. There is no arrogant dichotomy dividing 'human vs. nature' or 'human vs. animal' amongst them. Like all old tribes they have gained wisdom. Protecting the jungle is the way to protect the people. Also land where no plants and animal can survive is also uninhabitable for mankind. Foreign oil companies fringed this land with greed. They are getting the aid of the Ecuadorian government. Watching the film brings a strong sense of deja vu. Corporate intrudes and the inhabitants scream "Respect our land and get out!" They shout "You should respect the fact that this is our land. Get out of here!" and government uses force to subdue the inhabitants. We have seen this defending peace and one's hometown many times. Conflicts regarding transmission cable towers and nuclear power plant in Miryang, Cheongdo, Samcheok, Yeonggwang County, and Go-ri city are all too familiar. Therefore this is not just a story of Ecuador, but the story of all indigenous people, and the story of protecting mother earth. I googled for Sarayaku news and got many hits about Nina from this film. Oil companies are still greedy, and the inhabitants are still struggling to protect their native forests and village. [Hwang Yoon]
3½ Minutes, Ten Bullets (2015)When Loud Music Turned Deadly (2014)Who is Dayani Cristal? (2013)Los Invisibles (2010)The Leech and the Earthworm (2003) The Living Forest was a vital film to make at a time where the dominant voices coming from the Paris COP21 climate conference offered no meaningful ways of creating long term environmental sustainability. The Kichwa tribe in the Sarayaku region of the Amazon in Ecuador believes in the ‘living forest’, where humans, animals and plants live in harmony. Their way of living was essential to share and amplify at a time where they are fighting oil companies who want to exploit their ancestral land.