SOA Watch is honored to have hosted a mini-film festival on March 20 & 21, 2021 in partnership with Mutual Aid Media, COPINH, and OFRANEH. The film festival included the world premiere of the documentary La Lucha Sigue (The Struggle Continues) about the struggles of the Lenca and Garifuna peoples in Honduras as well as amazing discussion panels following each film. View the entire Film Festival recording below!
Each film was followed by a community specific panel with fierce Indigenous and Black women leaders. A large group discussion with all the women warriors together closed out the festival.
Film Festival Recordings
This film festival is a celebration of World Water Day and the communities that put their lives on the line to defend it. We were blown away by how many people participated (Day 1 – 2,358 and Day 2 – 1,253) and by the number of territories across the continent that were represented. We have been hearing from so many how you were moved, inspired and energized, and had the feeling that you’d participated in a historic gathering that transcends imaginary borders. You can watch the entire film festival below.
SATURDAY, MARCH 20, 2021
#BMDL Saturday Recordings
Bilingual – youtu.be/t5OQAHw7CYI
English – youtu.be/-MoXu34h8jM
Spanish – youtu.be/8pjArte_4oY
DOCUMENTARY FROM HONDURAS
The film festival opened with the world premiere of LA LUCHA SIGUE (THE STRUGGLE CONTINUES), on the heels of COPINH’s commemoration activities for the 5th anniversary of the assassination of world-renowned Indigenous leader Berta Cáceres. Additionally, March 20th marked 8 months and 2 days since the forced disappearance of 4 Garífuna men of Triunfo de la Cruz from their homes.
In Honduras, the most dangerous place in the world to be a land defender, the Lenca and Garífuna people are not backing down. They are fighting to uphold their rights and Indigenous and Black cultures in the face of state backed megaprojects and narco-traffickers who seek to assassinate them, destroy their lands, and erase their existence. Watch the trailer.
Community Panel: Bertha Zúniga Cáceres (COPINH) and Miriam Miranda (OFRANEH)
To learn more about COPINH and OFRANEH.
SHORT DOC FROM WET’SUWET’EN TERRITORY
The second film on Saturday, was INVASION, a short film from Wet’suwet’en territory in so-called “Canada,” about the heated battle to protect their sacred river.
In this era of “reconciliation”, Indigenous land is still being taken at gunpoint. INVASION is a new film about the Unist’ot’en Camp, Gidimt’en checkpoint and the larger Wet’suwet’en Nation standing up to the Canadian government and corporations who continue colonial violence against Indigenous people. Watch the trailer.
Community Panel: Freda Huson (Unist’ot’en) and Jen Wickham (Gidimt’en)
To learn more about Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en and to support Unist’ot’en and Gidimt’en.
SUNDAY, MARCH 21, 2021
#BMDL Sunday Recordings
Bilingual – youtu.be/79Oqotk5U8Q
English – youtu.be/GlNkNnEDprk
Spanish – youtu.be/bdMjQez425U
L’EAU EST LA VIE (WATER IS LIFE): FROM STANDING ROCK TO THE SWAMP is the story of fierce Indigenous women who are risking everything to protect Mother Earth from the predatory fossil fuel companies that seek to poison it. Watch the trailer.
Community Panel: Cherri Foytlin (LELV), Anne White Hat (LELV), Sharon Lavigne (Rise Saint James), Eve Butler (Saint James)
To learn more about L’eau Est La Vie and Rise Saint James and to support L’eau Est La Vie (Venmo @LELVC) and Rise Saint James (note it’s for Rise Saint James).
Warrior Women Large Group Discussion
Film Guides: The Struggle Continues (La Lucha Sigue)
Education and Discussion Guide 2021
Screening Guide 2021