Amazonian indigenous leaders speak out on the critical situation in Peru’s most prolific oil block, 192. Featuring Kichwa leader and President of FECONAT, Fernando Chuje Ruiz from the Tiger river, and Kichwa leader and President of ORIAP, Wilmer Chavez from the Pastaza river.
The right to free, prior and informed consent is one of indigenous peoples’ fundamental collective rights. Yet in the northern Peruvian Amazon rainforest, on indigenous lands in this area known as Block 192 – the country’s largest and most important oil field, this right is now at risk once again.
Direction, Videography & Editing: Sophie Pinchetti
Additional Footage by Silviu Dimiutrache & Wilmer Chavez (ORIAP)
A Video by The Chaikuni Institute
This short documentary shares the voices from the indigenous coalition formed at Saramurillo, the landmark protest uniting peoples from 5 river basins affected by oil activity in Peru’s northern Amazon.
For more, read the story on the blog.
A film of the Indigenous Federations United in Saramurillo
Direction, Videography & Postproduction: Sophie Pinchetti
Additional Footage: Radio Ucamara
Graphics: Sophie Pinchetti
Sound: Sophie Pinchetti
This short documentary gives an inside look into the challenges faced by indigenous student organization OEPIAP, which represents over 120 indigenous youth from 15 peoples of the Peruvian Amazon. Filmed in early 2016.
Direction, Videography & Postproduction: Johannes Vanneste
Sound: Johannes Vanneste
This video portrait tells the inspiring story of Floida, the first Kichwa woman from Alto Putumayo (Peruvian Amazon) to finish her higher education. Leaving her far away community in the Putumayo river to come to the city of Iquitos and pursue her dream of higher education has not been easy and Floida has faced many obstacles an indigenous woman taking on a different path than expected of her. Floida is an inspiring story of struggle and strength which goes on as she is now confronted with new challenges and possibilities.
Floida is an inspiring story of struggle and strength which goes on as she is now confronted with new challenges and possibilities.
A video by Sandra Soto (from the Sui Sui Program – Intercultural Education of the Chaikuni Institute) and Escuela de Cine Amazónico
The Sui Sui Program of the Chaikuni Institute has as its primary objective to help indigenous youth access university-level studies, and we are very happy to see the success of Floida after having accompanied her through the years.
For more, read the story on our blog.
Protagonist: Floida Tangoa Noteno
Direction: Sandra Vanessa Soto Yafac
Production: Sandra Vanessa Soto Yafac, Natalia Power Morán
Videography: Patrick Murayari Wesemberg, Carlos Marín Tello
Sound: Natalia Power Morán
Editing and Post Production: Mijail Vásquez Ruiz, Carlos Marín Tello
Music: “Melodías Kichwas en Pifano” by Joaquín Coquinche; “Cumbia del río” by Los Wemblers; “El encanto de la selva” by Los Wemblers
This film was created as part of the “Amazonian Documentary 2017” workshop by the Amazonian School of Cinema (Escuela de Cine Amazónico).
Text by Adam Andros
Photography by Sophie Pinchetti
In order to inspire and empower our neighbors to diversify their income and sustenance opportunities, the Chaikuni Institute recently collaborated with the prestigious Instituto de Investigaciones de la Amazonia Peruana (IIAP) to facilitate a workshop focused on rural fish farming. Fish farming is an important economic activity for low-income rural caserios and villages of the Peruvian Amazon, as a complement for or an alternative to the ubiquitous and soil depleting monocultures of yucca or plantain upon which most communities depend.
The main objective of our workshop was to provide a solid grounding in both the theory and practice of rural fish farming, guided by academic experts on the field. It was aimed at both beginning and experienced fish farmers, providing a space where difficulties and challenges could be addressed in a pragmatic way by the experts, while also promoting group cohesion and strengthening the bonds between the villages and The Chaikuni Institute.
The workshop took place in the community of Tres Unidos, a mestizo caserio just outside of the Temple of the Way of Light, with the participation of 13 people from the surrounding villages, two facilitators from the Chaikuni institute (including our wonderful forest engineer Silvia) and 1 principal instructor from the IIAP, the biologist Manuel Soplin.
The main points discussed during the workshop centered around notions of self-sufficiency and income diversity. Fish farms were presented as opportunities to secure a steady source of quality, clean and delicious protein that also provides income opportunities by channeling surplus into the local market. Furthermore, we dedicated time to the presentation of good practices and troubleshooting, anticipating the difficulties new farmers may encounter.
In order to do so, we examined and outlined the desired characteristics of the terrains allocated for the construction of new fish-farms, we established standards for fish density, fish nutrition, hygiene and care and provided solutions to protect the fish from predatory animals. Our intention always is to strike a balance between sustainability, ecology, viability and production.
Our friend Manuel Soplin, biologist for the IIAP, also arranged for our community members to have free access to gamitana (Colossoma macropomum) fish fry, in order to help the new entrepreneurs kick start their enterprises with the right foot. We want to extend our gratitude and appreciation to Manuel and the whole team at the IIAP for their generosity and dedication.
After a fascinating and engaging theoretical presentation by Manuel and Silvia, and a simple and delicious lunch, we went on an excursion to visit the land that had been designated for the construction of our neighbor Mr. Marcelo Tenazoa’s new fish farm. It was an opportunity for Silvia and Manuel to assess the location of the pool, provide insights into the building process and offer some guidelines and recommendations to secure the success of this new project.
After answering questions and clearing doubts, we also visited the fish farms of another neighbor, Mr. Eder Baneo. Our friend Eder has been farming fish for a while, and is currently facing difficulties getting rid of a parasitic plague that appears to be hindering the development of his prized fish. Our friend from the IIAP, Manuel Soplin, kindly collected samples from the pools in order to have the analyzed in the laboratories of the institution.
We are extremely happy for the dedication and commitment of our neighbors in Tres Unidos to sustainable development and abundant living systems. We are looking forward to see how these new projects develop, and are happy, as always, to have our team of trained and willing workers at the disposition of the village in order to implement novel community projects in order to further and strengthen the reciprocal relationships between Chaikuni , the Temple of the Way of Light, and our wider Amazonian family and community.
Photography Michal Chochol & Text Sophie Pinchetti
Cacao might be grown worldwide nowadays, but it is likely here in the lowland rainforests of the Amazon River basins of South America that the cacao tree (Theobroma cacao) first originated. Prized amongst Amazonian peoples since time immemorial for its richness in nutrients and deep flavour, it is no wonder that in Latin, cacao translates to “food of the gods”. While cacao became a key export during Colonial times, in recent times, local, community-managed and sustainable cacao production initiatives are showing promise as a source of income and, when combined with other enterprises, part of an alternative to extractive projects.
With this in mind, we recently led our first-ever Cacao Fermentation Workshop in the community of Tres Unidos in the Nanay River, located a stone’s throw away from our Permaculture site. Led by British artisanal chocolate expert Rory Wilkinson, who has been traveling around Latin America giving cacao fermentation technique workshops based upon his work experience with artisanal chocolate factories in Europe, the workshop took place over one week. It was attended by both our permaculture staff and five local people, including two local ladies, Viviana Tenazoa and Griselda Canayo, who run the local stores in Tres Unidos and make cacao delicacies (combining cacao, mani and honey) which are then sold to the guests of our sister organization, The Temple of The Way of Light.
This workshop aimed to test which fermentation techniques would give the best results for the quality of taste of their confections. Typically, Viviana Tenazoa and Griselda Canayo have been fermenting the cacao seeds with the juice, a fairly quick process. During this workshop, Rory presented the classic fermentation technique used by artisanal chocolate makers. This fermentation technique, which involves using a box with holes, allows the juice from the seeds to drain out and promotes the presence of a special type of bacteria which is essential for the cacao to then release a richer taste.
After placing the cacao seeds into the fermentation box, the box was then visited each day in order to monitor the fermentation process and to ensure that the temperature raises to the proper level. In this instance, and perhaps owing to the warm Amazonian climate, the process happened naturally after six days. “It was interesting to learn a new technique to ferment cacao…it seems like something innovative. But I’d like to do some modifications to the technique so that the process lasts 3 days instead of 6”, comments Viviana.
After roasting and grinding the seeds and eventually making small samples, we then led a tasting session with cacao made using Rory’s fermentation process and cacao made using the ladies’ usual fermentation process. Opinions were 50/50 though it was noted that Rory’s fermentation process resulted in a fuller-bodied taste: “The cacao has a better color, flavor and aroma”, affirms Viviana.
In the past, numerous collectives stimulated cacao production around the Nanay River. But today, many of these cacao farms are little used, and many cacao fields are overgrown. By speaking with locals of Tres Unidos, the potential to revive cacao production has become clear, as is the opportunity to find a market for cacao made using the fermentation technique shown during the workshop. Unexpectedly, and as a result of learning the fermentation technique, the idea then arose for two new potential products using the fermentation juice: a unique cacao vinegar and cacao liquor. These special and unusual creations could then be marketed to guests of The Temple of The Way of Light, offering a further economic opportunity to the community.
Text by Sophie Pinchetti
Photos & Video by Sophie Pinchetti & Contributors
The right to free, prior and informed consent is one of indigenous peoples’ fundamental collective rights. Yet in the northern Peruvian Amazon rainforest, on indigenous lands in an area known as Block 192 – the country’s largest and most important oil field, this right is now at risk once again.
“In Block 192, violations of our collective rights and the right to life and subsistence are not a possibility, they are a certainty”, tells us Fernando Chuje, indigenous Kichwa leader from the Tiger river and President of indigenous organization FECONAT. Like many other indigenous peoples from river basins across the Loreto region, Chuje has spent his lifetime fighting for his rights and people and enduring nearly half a century of irresponsible oil exploitation.
Back in 2011, Peru vowed its commitment to honour indigenous peoples’ right to prior consent and adopted it as part of its constitution. The law requires governments to seek consent from indigenous people before approving any development plans that might affect them. But what happens when the context is an environment in which so-called development projects have already been abusing indigenous peoples for decades? “The situation in Block 192 is one of accumulated impacts, not just possible impacts”, states Chuje.
Putting the law into practice has been a thorny issue to say the least, with foreign investors and high level interests often being placed above the law and getting the last say. Block 192, which harbours 13 billion dollars of proven reserves of crude oil, is one of the many oil and gas concessions created on ancestral indigenous lands since the Seventies. These concessions cover over 80% of the Peruvian Amazon and most were never consulted with indigenous communities. The alarming environmental and social situation warranted the attention of the United Nations’ Special Rapporteurs on hazardous substances and wastes, Baskut Tuncak, and on the rights of indigenous peoples, Victoria Tauli-Corpuz, who both called the government’s efforts to remedy oil spills to be “grossly inadequate”. “Peru must protect and respect the rights of indigenous peoples to their land, territories and resources, as well as to consultation in accordance with relevant international standards,” the experts said, emphasising that the government “has an obligation […] to hold companies accountable for any failure to respect human rights, before re-licensing the land.”
The stakes are now higher than ever. Block 192 was recently swept by a new series of peaceful protests by Achuar and Kichwa people in the face of a lack of transparency about the current 2-year concession and the inevitable future concession for 30 years or more, for which the right to prior consultation should be respected. Another 3 decades of oil exploitation? Not another drop of oil without our say, was the resounding cry from indigenous peoples and their organizations who took direct-actions between the months of August and October 2017 seizing oil facilities and shutting down oil wells, effectively paralyzing oil production. “People have a firm position”, says Wilmer Chavez, indigenous Kichwa leader and President of ORIAP. “In the event that there is no prior consultation, we will definitely shut down oil activity. There will be no oil.”
Currently operating on Block 192 is Canadian oil company Frontera Energy Corporation (formerly known as Pacific Exploration & Production), which was granted a 2-year contract following an 2015 emblematic prior consent process between indigenous organizations of Block 192 and the state. The contract, which was due to expire end of August 2017 was extended to February 2019. The state cited “force majeure”, arguing that the company was unable to use the Northern Peruvian pipeline for 18 months as initially expected, as the pipeline was shut down by order of the Supervisory Agency for Investment in Energy and Mining of Peru (OSINERGMIN) after suffering repeated spills that dumped thousands of oil barrels into Amazonian rivers.
“The state must consult with indigenous peoples with due anticipation, as there is just over a year left until the current operator Frontera concludes the extension of its contract”, emphasizes Jose Fachin, indigenous Kichwa leader and advisor to FECONAT. “We at FECONAT question the state’s argument that due to force majeure the pipeline didn’t operate correctly. Although proper maintenance of the pipeline was recommended by OSINERGMIN, it was never done adequately. So we are faced with a situation of irresponsibility on the part of the company, the ruptures in the pipeline were caused by corrosion and were therefore predictable”, says Jose.
With so much contamination still to be cleaned up, leaking and poorly maintained pipelines in oil lot 192 itself, and too many unfulfilled pledges by the state to provide basic services such as education and health, patience is running out. “We are not opposed to oil drilling, but the state must take into account everything that has happened,” says indigenous Kichwa leader Fernando Chuje. “After four decades, block 192 is in a state of abandon. No concern can be seen from the state, much less from the company.” In the past two years alone of Frontera Energy Corporation’s operating time in Block 192, about 40 oil spills have been documented by the OEFA Supervision Department.
Indigenous organizations from five river basins, allied with both FECONAT and ORIAP from Lot 192 as part of a coalition formed during the landmark Saramurillo protest on the Maranon river last year, express their solidarity with the struggle. “We support the organizations of oil lot 192 and their demand of respect to their prior consent right in lot 192. We declare ourselves indefinitely mobilized, we will not permit more abuses to our collective rights”, states the coalition.
The government of Pedro Pablo Kuczynski initially stated that the 2015 prior consultation process was still valid for a new contract. In late October 2017, due to the ongoing protests, the government affirmed its commitment to respect the prior consultation when there is a Supreme Decree to be adopted for a new long term oil drilling contract. The question is if other mechanisms could be pushed forward to find a new operator to try to bypass the prior consultation legislation and commitment. Indigenous peoples will have to be on the watch.
Racism and Discrimination against the Indigenous Movement in Loreto
Despite being an environmental and social disaster, Block 192 has been hugely profitable for the national economy, and the one of the main drivers of the Loreto region’s economy. This dependence set the scene for a crisis, and sure enough in 2015 the oil price dropped, taking with it the infamous oil royalties the region relied upon, and sending unemployment rates skyrocketing. Amidst worsening poverty over the past two years, public discourses against indigenous peoples have also alarmingly intensified in their racism and aggravated by negative portrayals of indigenous peoples in national and regional media, which regularly blame indigenous peoples of being “extortionists”.
Although the contaminated waters of rivers in Block 192 drain into the waters of Iquitos, few members of urban society regard the issue of the corroded pipeline to be their problem or concern, and solidarity with indigenous communities’ plight is rare. On social media, comments on a Facebook post about protests in Block 192 published by a page dedicated to Iquitos testify to the racist and hateful attitudes of most local people: “Those shitty natives don’t protest because they care for or love their forests, but because they want money. Those shitty bums want everything for free”, says one Facebook user. “They like to make easy money,” says another, “That’s why they cut the pipelines. They don’t realise they’re contaminating our environment, our rivers. These natives are sons of bitches, it’s been years that I want to exterminate them”.
Amazonian indigenous organizations from five river basins and indigenous student organization OEPIAP mobilized last month outside a local radio station to denounce discriminatory broadcasts insulting indigenous peoples. “This is a clear strategy to discredit the indigenous movement”, say the organizations. “Indigenous peoples are on the frontline protecting the water, rivers and forests, and demanding respect of their rights after over 40 years of oil contamination on their ancestral territories. Justice is necessary for the systematic violations of individual and collective rights of the rainforest’s peoples and nature itself”, declare the organizations.
Consultation, Yes! Abuses, NO! FECONAT’s New Publication
With the aim to inform indigenous communities in the Tiger River and the Peruvian public on the current situation in Block 192, we recently launched with our indigenous ally and partner FECONAT a publication entitled “Consultation, Yes! Abuses, NO!”, featuring photographs by The Guardian’s David Hill. The publication notably highlights a list of numerous commitments made to Kichwa communities between 2015 and 2017 by various government entities which have not been fulfilled. The publication has been distributed to 26 communities along the Tiger river and is also available to read online (in Spanish).
Photography & Text by Sophie Pinchetti
On an early Sunday morning in the Peruvian Amazon, a 30-strong convoy of bicycles mounted by Amazonian indigenous students, our Intercultural Education Sui Sui program and groups of local cyclists took the motorbike-filled streets of Iquitos by surprise. Wearing t-shirts with the slogan “Conduce Tus Sueños” (“Drive your Dreams”), their cycle announced the launch of a new exciting pilot project which we have created in partnership with OEPIAP, a local indigenous student organization representing over 120 indigenous youth from 15 Amazonian peoples.
“Conduce Tus Sueños” is a project that seeks to promote the use of bicycles as alternative and ecological transportation for the indigenous youth. Leaving their remote communities to come to Iquitos with the dream of accessing higher education and becoming professionals, these young people face multiple challenges: a key difficulty is the lack of economic resources to meet their local transportation costs. Many of the students walk several hours daily to reach their respective educational institutions. “The bicycles were the students’ idea because of their need to travel around the city”, comments Stefan Kistler, Coordinator of our Intercultural Education Program Sui Sui, which provides vital support and monitoring to the indigenous youth of OEPIAP in order to improve their living and studying conditions. “Before there were a few students who would travel around by bike – and so we had the idea of starting a project with bicycles”.
With smiles all around, the launch event saw indigenous youth cycling at the front of the convoy joined by three local cycling collectives, including “La Manchita”, “Locos por la Selva”, and “El Grupo Chelo”, who regularly gather to cycle around the city or around the jungle. From the centre of Iquitos, the convoy cycled to Pampa Chica, the temporary base of indigenous student organization OEPIAP, where the initially procured 10 bicycles will be stored and managed by the students for their travel. “I think everyone is going to enjoy them and use them as transport. I had a beautiful time cycling with the bike”, affirms Orfelinda, an Awajun indigenous student from the Amazonas region. “It is a great idea for us because it is going to help us travel to our classes. Little by little, we will get used to the dangers and rules of transport. I really like the bikes, and I hope that there will be more as time goes on for our comrades here and those in the future”, told us Joel Impi, another Awajun student.
The indigenous students, in alliance with the local cycling collectives, also hope that the project will lead as an example for ecological alternatives and better living in the bustling city of Iquitos where a mad cacophony of sputtering motorbike engines can be found at every street corner. “This is a new initiative, a new focus”, declared Elisvan, Vice-President of OEPIAP and an indigenous Kichwa student from the Putumayo river. “The city is increasingly polluted – from noise pollution but also from the toxic gases emitted by motorised vehicles. This is a good and adequate alternative and it is well adapted to our environment. We also want to send a message to the authorities so that they implement adequate cycling lanes like they have in Lima, for example.”
Upon arrival to Pampa Chica, the students and our Sui Sui program welcomed the press, cycling collectives and Patricia Urquizo, head of the sports department of the municipality of Maynas, with some delicious juanes (a classic Amazonian dish with spiced rice and chicken wrapped in a leaf) and an introduction to OEPIAP and the pilot project. OEPIAP´s Vice-President Elisvan Greffa took the opportunity to voice the struggles indigenous youth face in the Peruvian Amazon. “We have always fought to claim our rights like that of higher education and intercultural education. In the authorities’ speeches, they talk about intercultural education, but this is not put into practice. It just stays as a discourse”, Elisvan told the audience. “As indigenous students, our aim is to prepare ourselves academically and thus contribute to our people, to our society, to contribute to the change that we want and that we are all looking for. When people organize, things can be achieved. This is our strength”.
Just before midday, we left Pampa Chica, while the students’ smiles and laughter continued as they cycled around their grounds on their new rides, the air full of promise and hope for the road ahead.
Are you excited as us about the bicycles for the indigenous students? We need your help! As of now, there are only 10 bicycles for over 120 students – it’s a start but it’s not enough. You can donate directly to buy more bicycles through our campaign on the Global Giving platform, as part of our project to build an indigenous student centre for the indigenous youth in order to improve their studying and living conditions.
Text & Photos by Sophie Pinchetti
A unique urban garden was recently inaugurated on the grounds of indigenous student organization OEPIAP on the outskirts of Iquitos city in the Peruvian Amazon. With the likes of lemongrass, ginger and papaya now in the ground, this new urban garden located alongside the students’ kitchen and main maloca (traditional Amazonian community house) is the fruit of our first ever Permaculture workshop with the indigenous students, as part of our Intercultural Education program called Sui Sui.
Representing over 120 indigenous students from over 15 Amazonian peoples, OEPIAP, with whom we partner, has long been fighting to secure land to build a permanent student centre for indigenous students who come to Iquitos to pursue higher education. The process of land titling is still under negotiation with the regional government, and in the meantime the students continue to reside in temporary housing at the location in Pampa Chica, known as “Bungalows”, under difficult conditions. Up until now, there has never been any form of garden or cultivation on these lands. With the aim to improve students’ current living condition and wellness in the short and medium term, Chaikuni is now offering its expertise in Permaculture. The setup of two small urban kitchen gardens, which will be maintained by the students themselves, is a first start. A composting and simple wastewater treatment system are intended to follow.
Led by Chaikuni’s Permaculture Coordinator & Agroforestry Engineer Silvia, a core group of five indigenous students of OEPIAP participated in this workshop alongside members of Chaikuni’s staff. After having prepared the earth following Silvia’s instructions, the students sowed plants that can be used as ingredients for cooking in order to improve their diet (such as sage, basil, ginger, pine nuts, coriander, and sweet pepper) and medicinal plants traditionally used to to help cure different ailments, such as lemongrass.
Along with the students, we are excited to see how these urban kitchen gardens develop over the course of our next workshops – the next Permaculture workshop will be focused on composting as a means to improving soil quality.
Want to help improve the studying and living conditions of Amazonian indigenous students in Iquitos? We are currently running our crowdfunding campaign to Build An Indigenous Student Centre on the Global Giving platform. To donate & find out more, visit our project page.
Photos Instituto Chaikuni & excerpts from the film “Floida” by Sandra Soto
Text Sophie Pinchetti
As an indigenous youth, wanting to study at university in the city of Iquitos is a serious challenge. The obstacles are plentiful in Peru’s Loreto region: coming from a far away community, having little to no financial resources and a lower educational entry level are just the start. Add to that the ongoing racism, discrimination and human rights violations that indigenous peoples face nationwide, and you start to get the picture: inequalities are rife.
Supporting indigenous youth at higher education level is a core principle of our intercultural education program Sui Sui – and this year marked an important touchstone. We are proud and excited to share news of the graduation of Floida & Alvaro, two indigenous students from the Putumayo river. Having been selected by indigenous federation FIKAPIR and accompanied by Belgian non-profit Putumayo vzw since 2011, Floida and Alvaro have been supported by the Sui Sui program since its implementation in 2014. Floida graduated in Primary Education at the National University of the Peruvian Amazon (UNAP) with a first place in her class of 2016, while Álvaro graduated with a good performance in Secondary Education at the Pedagogical Institute Of Loreto (ISEP Loreto).
It is an immense joy to see the efforts of Floida & Álvaro rewarded. It has also been a key achievement of the Sui Sui program to help indigenous students through our student monitoring, technical support and scholarships. Their success also reminds us of the collective efforts of their families, communities as well as the indigenous movement in the Loreto region, which places education at the forefront of its agenda. As Chaikuni, we join these efforts, and continue working for interculturality for better opportunities for all the indigenous youth who can not yet access higher education.
“They say university is for everyone, right? Whether you’re mestizo, indigenous or not indigenous, it’s for everyone in general”, says Floida, “but at university, we don’t speak in our language, and our ancient history is not recalled. We’re a bit lost there”. A lack of intercultural sensitivity within the university remains a significant hinder for indigenous youth. But the challenges don’t just come from university life. Floida’s own mother was concerned about her daughter leaving their community for her studies, a worry shared by many indigenous parents for whom Iquitos represents a far away, urban, unfamiliar environment associated with many negative influences and changes.
Armed with perseverance, Floida’s story is one of success and sets an inspiring example for young girls and the struggle for gender equality for education amongst indigenous youth in Loreto. Floida was one of the first girls to become member of OEPIAP, the indigenous student organization with whom we partner, which represents indigenous youth from 15 Amazonian people. She became a member of the OEPIAP leadership, and took on an important role and responsibility as the organization’s treasurer for two years, which required great autonomy. Floida now works as a teacher in the community of Rosario Aucayo located on the Amazonas river.
Floida’s compelling journey is documented in the upcoming video portrait “Floida” presented in a trailer at the top of the page. “In a world where being a young woman and indigenous is so challenging, she not only dares to dream of new possibilities that are different from many people’s expectations of her, but she also decides to fight and pursue these dreams”, comments Sandra Soto, Student Monitor of our Sui Sui program who created the video portrait “Floida”. “It is even more inspiring to see how in this extremely difficult journey, she maintains the love for her people, the pride of her culture and the desire to share what she has learnt with her community”, comments Sandra.
Stay tuned to discover the full video portrait of Floida, which we will be releasing end of 2017. “Floida” is currently touring various locations in Peru as part of a program of short films organized by the Pucullpa-based Amazonian School of Cinema (Escuela de Cine Amazónico).
Want to help improve the studying and living conditions of Amazonian indigenous students in Iquitos? We need your help to reach our goal in our crowdfunding campaign to Build An Indigenous Student Centre on the Global Giving platform! To donate & find out more, visit our project page.