AMAZONIA: THE AWAKENING OF FLORESTANIA
(Amazônia: o despertar da florestania, Christiane Torloni and Miguel Przewodowski, Brazil, 2018, 111 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
Amazonia: The Awakening of Florestania is a documentary that discusses the ways in which the Amazon rainforest, and nature itself, has been treated in Brazil since the turn of the 20th century. Bringing together testimonies from many different sectors of Brazilian society, including those of indigenous leaders, environmentalists, representatives of the third sector, journalists, artists, intellectuals and many more, Amazonia: The Awakening of Florestania tracks the ideologies of those who have been fighting to preserve one of Brazil’s most precious legacies. The film leads to the rise of the concept of “Florestania," or “forestship” - a word that synthesizes concepts of citizenship and forest rights to speak to something that may be, in many ways, the genetic code of humanity.
Screening with GIANTS NY NATURE ITSELF
(Gigantes pela própia natureza, Rogo de Castro and João Unzer, Brazil, 2019, 3 min. In Portuguese with English subtitles)
The ‘Xingu Women's Movement’ is one the most relevant and organized feminist groups within Brazil’s indigenous community today. Based in the Parque Indígena do Xingu (Xingo National Park) the group aims to fight for the emancipation of all indigenous women and for greater participation in local and national politics. Produced by Carol Gavazzi and Watatakalu Yawalapiti and directed by Rogo de Castro and João Unzer, the short film and manifesto Gigantes pela própria natureza is a true call to mobilization and justice that shows how important these women are for the protection of the forest they live in. Shot in April 2019 and released during the largest indigenous protest in Brazil’s Federal District that same month, Gigantes pela própria natureza is an invitation for everyone to join forces with them, to make their voices louder and their message heard.
Saturday, September 14, 2pm and Saturday, September 21, 2pm