Venezuela, 2008, 20 mins, J. Montiel & M. Suarez.

A short documentary about the autonomous school in the indigenous communities of the Wayuu, in Sierra de Perija, Venezuela.

This film has been made by the communities which are part of the indigenous organisation, Maikiraalasalii.

The documentary highlights the importance of having an autonomous education and the challenges of taking this path in the search of their identity and defending the forests, rivers and the indigenous land against the exploitation of nature.

In the forests of the Sierra de Perija (Rio Socuy, Mache y Cachiri), on the borders between Colombia and Venezuela - an area rich in coal and other minerals – the indigenous Wayuu are among other original inhabitants who have been historically displaced and harassed by big landowners and multinational mining companies. Recently a number of Wayuu communities have come together, organising themselves for what they call “this last fight” to protect nature and their ancestral culture.


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