“WE ARE GUARDIANS is a poignant portrayal of the diverse group of people on the front line of efforts to save the Brazilian Amazon. The filmmakers expertly dissect the economic drivers that fuel large-scale environmental destruction, while exposing the corruption and partisan politics that enable it.” – Luciana Téllez Chávez, Human Rights Watch
2023 North Carolina Latin American Film Festival screening:
We Are Guardians (Edivan Guajajara, Chelsea Greene, Rob Grobman, 2023, 88 min, Brazil, Portuguese, Tupi, and English w/English subtitles, DCP)
Thousands of people are illegally setting up camp on protected land in the Brazilian Amazon, killing centuries-old trees for export and mining rare resources. Directed by Indigenous activist Edivan Guajajara and environmental filmmakers Chelsea Greene and Rob Grobman, We Are Guardians artfully shares the stories of the people impacted by this issue. We meet Indigenous Brazilian forest guardian Marçal Guajajara and activist Puyr Tembé who are fighting to protect their home from deforestation; an illegal logger struggling to make ends meet who feels he has no other financial choice to survive; and a landowner who is dedicated to preserving the rich ecosystem within his land by relentlessly seeking action from local authorities, with no answers.
Q&A to follow with directors Edivan Guajajara, Chelsea Greene, Rob Grobman, and activist Puyr Tembé.
Special get-together with the crew at 12 p.m in the Amazon Lab, Smith Warehouse. Open to the public. RSVP for light lunch.
Co-organized by the Amazon Lab at FHI, Screen Society, and Narrating Nature. The NC Latin American Film Festival is a production of the UNC-Duke Consortium in Latin American and Caribbean Studies and the Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies. Special support for this event comes from the Nicholas School of the Environment and the Duke Human Rights Center at FHI.