This documentary shows a series of interviews with Achuar Apus. Achuar is a tribe of the Peruvian Amazon basin and "Apu" means "Chief".
The film shows their concerns and anger about petrol companies invading constantly their territories for over 30 years, exploiting and polluting their lands, causing many disasters, not only ecological, but also environmental as well as fatal diseases in their tribes they cannot cure. They also show their anger with the government, in special the president Alan García, for selling almost the entire jungle to the petrol companies.
Before media tools came along, information would go unnoticed, but now they have a voice through NGO's like Shinai and FECONACO, Rainforest Foundation, Amazon Watch, who are on top of the politicians avoiding more natural disaster to take place.
In 2009 tribes along Peru started to protest on the streets by blocking them peacefully. Allan García sent the army to "open" the blocked roads. Shooting took place and the only information that went on the Peruvian TV was that savages killed some policeman. What it didn't say is how many indigenous they opened fire to and killed. Fortunately some videos of the massacre played on English BBC news and CNN, which then forced Allan García to go to TV and face the facts.
Indigenous people have a special place in the environmental movement. As defenders of their land and protectors of some of the world’s last pristine ecosystems, they are readily identified with the places like the Amazon that so much of this movement fights to protect. Moreover, in the Americas in particular, where indigenous people have been fighting for 500 years against colonization and imperialist encroachment on their land, indigenous people represent the strength and perseverance which we all will need to face the challenges that are coming. It’s for this reason that the Earth Charter explicitly calls for affirming, “the right of indigenous peoples to their spirituality, knowledge, lands and resources and to their related practice of sustainable livelihoods.”