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Amazon peoples’ resistance will be shown in film at International Institute of Social Studies, in Netherlands

While the Amazon burns and deforestation there increases, a series of megaprojects threatens to impact the lives of populations living near to Tapajós River. In order to resist this and demand the realization of their rights, people in the region have organized themselves to ensure they are free prior informed consent before any megaproject work begins. The experience of some of these groups has been recorded in the documentary entitled ‘Tapajó’s Life’, which will be screened on 22 November at a Brazil Film Night. The exhibition is taking place at International Institute of Social Studies, in Den Haag, Netherlands.

The 20-minute film portrays how riverside and quilombola communities have organized themselves to ensure that the provisions of International Labor Organization Convention 169 are complied with. This international treaty – ratified by Brazil in 2002 – establishes their to free prior informed consent in the event of measures or projects that will impact their territories or way of life.

Threatened with the possibility of port terminals being built close to their territories in the municipalities of Trairão and Santarém, in Pará state, the riverside and quilombola communities decided to organize themselves to prepare the Consultation Protocols. These are documents that indicate the way in which they should be consulted in order to guarantee that the consultation process provided for in ILO Convention 169 effectively happens.

The documentary has been produced by Terra de Direitos in partnership with the Land Pastoral Commission, Movement of People Affected by Dams, Federation of Santarém Quilombola Organizations and Misereor.

Data, time and venue

 Documentary: Tapajós’s life

Date: Friday, 22 Nov 2019, 18:00

Location: International Institute of Social Studies – Room Aula A
Kortenaerkade 12
2518 AXDen Haag

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Actions: Land Conflicts
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Axes: Earth, territory and space justice