1. Yaigojé Apaporis - traditional knowledge at the heart of protecting the Colombian Amazon

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    Yaigojé Apaporis is the local name for a one million hectare stretch of Amazon forest, and the traditional territory of the Makuna, Tanimuka, Tuyuca, Cabiyari and Letuama who live there. It is a haven for jaguars, giant ant-eaters, squirrel monkeys and pink dolphins, and is dotted with sacred sites such as, Yuisi, where the river cascades over rocks, forming rapids. And until recently it was untouched by the industrial world! When Colombia opened the floodgates to mining concessions in the Amazon, in the last decade, the local indigenous communities asked for a National Park to be established – to stop mining in their territory. Now part of the national system of protected areas, Yaigojé Apaporis is managed by the indigenous communities and the work of young community researchers - guided by the elders, documenting, mapping and recording - ensures the continuance of traditional practices for safeguarding the forest. In the words of one community leader, their goal is to: "transmit traditional knowledge to the younger generations and to protect our ancestral territory." In this short video we see the challenges – especially the threat from gold-mining – and the local communities’ response, researching and strengthening their traditional knowledge, to protect Yaigojé Apaporis – for future generations and for the global community.

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    • In Solidarity - En Solidaridad

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      Mining affected communities around the world are speaking up, connecting and standing together In Solidarity. We invite you to do the same: www.yestolifenotomining.org Comunidades afectadas por la minería alrededor del mundo se están levantado a unir sus voces en solidaridad. Te invitamos a que hagas lo mismo: yestolifenotomining.org The Doima community in Colombia are fighting to protect their agricultural land, water and environment from the impact of one of the largest gold mines in the world. In 2013 they found hope in their resistance efforts by looking outwards, to the acts of others. They were inspired by the community of Balcombe in the UK who were asserting their rights and standing up to fracking. The community of Doima wrote a letter to share their support, In Solidarity. The letter started a chain of letters between mining affected communities and we invite you to be part of this simple but powerful action. Visit www.yestolifenotomining.org and read inspiring stories of communities around the world who, just like the people of Doima and Balcombe, are standing up against mining and standing up for their ecosystems, sacred sites, homes, water, agricultural land and the rights of future generations of all species. Credits: With thanks to the communities of Doima, Colombia and Balcombe, UK. Particular thanks to Mariana Gomez for her tireless efforts to support the community of Doima against the impacts of one of the largest gold mines in the world; for writing the letter which inspired this film; and for then narrating and supporting the making of it. None of this would have happened without you and we hope that your efforts and your story inspire many others. A film by Jess Phillimore With thanks to Felix Gonzalez for footage of demonstrations against fracking in Balcombe, UK. To Carlos Hugo Duque Alzate for footage of the resistance to gold mining in Doima, Colombia. Additional thanks for footage from Greenpeace International, Jason Taylor and 4direcciones visual Produced by The Gaia Foundation, December 2014. Comunidades afectadas por la minería alrededor del mundo se están levantado a unir sus voces en solidaridad. Te invitamos a que hagas lo mismo: yestolifenotomining.org La comunidad de Doima, en Colombia, está luchando por proteger su tierra de vocación agrícola, el agua y el medio ambiente del impacto de lo que sería una de las minas de oro más grandes del mundo. En el 2013 se sintieron esperanzados respecto a su procesos de resistencia al encontrar procesos similares en otras partes del mundo. Los inspiró la comunidad de Balcombe, en el Reino Unido, quienes están afirmando sus derechos y levantándose en contra del “fracking”. La comunidad de Doima les escribió una carta para expresar su apoyo, En Solidaridad. Esta carta comenzó una cadena de cartas entre comunidades afectadas por la minería, por eso te invitamos a hacer parte de este acto sencillo pero poderoso. Visita la página web del movimiento yestolifenotomining.org para leer historias inspiradoras de comunidades alrededor del mundo que, como los habitantes de Doima y Balcombe, se están levantando en contra de la minería, protegiendo sus ecosistemas, sitios sagrados, hogares, fuentes de agua, tierras agrícolas, y los derechos de las generaciones venideras de todas las especies. Créditos: Agradecemos a las comunidades de Doima, Colombia y Balcombe, Reino Unido. En particular agradecemos a Mariana Gómez por sus esfuerzos incansables por apoyar la defensa de la comunidad de Doima de los impactos de una de las potenciales minas más grandes del mundo, por escribir la carta que inspiró este documental, y por después aceptar hacer la narración y realización del mismo. Nada de esto hubiera sucedido sin tu esfuerzo y esperamos que tu historia inspire a muchos otros. Un documental de Jess Phillimore Agradecimientos especiales a Felix González por las imágenes de demostraciones de protesta en contra del “Fracking” en Balcombe, Reino Unido. A Carlos Hugo Duque Alzate por las imágenes de resistencia en contra de la minería de oro en el Tolima, Colombia. Agradecimientos adicionales a las imágenes realizadas por Greenpeace International, Jason Taylor y 4Direcciones Visual. Producido por la Fundación Gaia, Diciembre de 2014

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      • Seeds of Sovereignty

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        As the world’s agriculture and food systems face a crisis of disappearing seed diversity, a new short film tells the story of how African farming communities and organisations are reviving traditional seed diversity across the continent, and resisting mounting corporate pressure to use industrialised seed and farming methods. This film is the follow up to our landmark 2012 film Seeds of Freedom, narrated by Jeremy Irons. Find out more and watch more films at www.seedsoffreedom.info More about Seeds of Sovereignty: Seeds of Sovereignty shows that farmers around the world have saved and bred an unimaginable wealth of seed diversity to meet their many different challenges, but as corporate seed and chemicals replace farmers’ own ingenuity, this diversity is steadily disappearing. Reviving farmers’ in-depth knowledge of how to save and adapt seed is critical, and the film is aimed to encourage others to do so by setting out the key stages in this process. Through interviews and stunning cinematography from across the continent, the 35-minute film unpacks an approach aligned to the principles of the growing global food sovereignty movement and provides a guide for anyone looking to revive traditional, diversity rich, seed and farming systems around the world. Seeds of Sovereignty is the follow-up to the 2012 film Seeds of Freedom, narrated by British actor Jeremy Irons. Seeds of Freedom challenged the global corporate agenda to control and monopolise the food and farming sector, most particularly through genetically modified seed. It has achieved global success and is used by anti-GM campaigners across the globe. Films produced by The Gaia Foundation, the African Biodiversity Network, MELCA Ethiopia and GRAIN

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        • Sacred Voices

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          Sacred Voices is a short film which shares the messages of eight traditional Sacred Natural Site Custodians from Kenya, Ethiopia, South Africa and Uganda. They share an ancient birthright and duty to protect the Sacred Natural Sites found within their territories. In April 2012 a unique meeting brought them together to share their experiences and concerns relating to their Sacred territories and the threats that they face. Together they drafted a “Statement on Common African Customary Laws for the Protection of Sacred Natural Sites” and created this film. The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network supported the making of this film in order that their voices are heard and shared, their opinions listened to and their requests supported. The film is being shown at conferences and film festivals around the world and we ask you to support this by sharing it amongst your own colleagues, peers, friends and family. Thanks to partners The Mupo Foundation, MELCA Ethiopia, the Institute for Culture & Ecology, RIDEP and NAPE for their unending commitment to supporting Sacred Sites Custodians and for helping to bring about this important meeting and film. Find out more at www.gaiafoundation.org and www.africanbiodiversity.org

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          • Seeds of Freedom

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            http://seedsoffreedom.info/ A landmark film narrated by Jeremy Irons. Find out more at seedsoffreedom.info The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost. It’s time to change the story. Produced by The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network, in collaboration with MELCA Ethiopia, Navdanya International and GRAIN. Thanks to all those involved in making this film possible. Produced & Directed by Jess Phillimore Camera - Jess Phillimore, Jason Taylor, Damian Prestidge.

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            • Seeds of Freedom

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              A landmark film narrated by Jeremy Irons. Find out more at www.seedsoffreedom.info The story of seed has become one of loss, control, dependence and debt. It’s been written by those who want to make vast profit from our food system, no matter what the true cost. It’s time to change the story. Produced by The Gaia Foundation and the African Biodiversity Network, in collaboration with MELCA Ethiopia, Navdanya International and GRAIN. Thanks to all those involved in making this film possible. Produced & Directed by Jess Phillimore Camera - Jess Phillimore, Jason Taylor, Damian Prestidge.

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              • Seeds of Freedom - Trailer

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                Visit www.seedsoffreedom.info to watch the full film which is narrated by actor Jeremy Irons. Global agriculture has changed more in the past 50 years than in the previous 10,000. Nowhere is this conflict more poignant than in the story of seed. This is the trailer for the film Seeds of Freedom, to be launched in early 2012. The film explores the history of the corporate takeover of seed, and the impact that this is having on communities across the world. The loss of indigenous seed goes hand in hand with the loss of biodiversity, the loss of cultural traditions and practices, the loss of livelihoods and the loss of independence in agriculture. Please share this trailer far and wide. This film is co-produced by the African Biodiversity Network www.africanbiodiversity.org and The Gaia Foundation www.gaiafoundation.org With thanks to the contributions of Navdanya International www.navdanyainternational.it and the Source Project www.thesourcefilm.org/​ Camera: Jason Taylor, Jess Phillimore and Damian Prestidge Produced by Jess Phillimore

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                • The Sheka Forest Story - Wisdom from the Past, Resilience for the Future

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                  The Sheka Forest Story shows the power of collaboration. The Sheka forest is one of Ethiopia's largest and last remaining tropical forests. Clan leaders, the local community and the local government have come together with the support of local partner, Melca Ethiopia, to help secure the future of the forest, its rich bio-cultural diversity and to enhance sustainable livelihood options. The Sheka Forest Story tells an enchanting tale of the complexities of forest governance at a time when it has never been more critical. It takes everyone to protect a forest. It only takes a few to destroy it. A film made with partner Melca Ethiopia. More about Melca Ethiopia here http://www.melca-ethiopia.org/

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                  • Trailer for The Sheka Forest Story

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                    The Sheka Forest Story was filmed with Ethiopian partner Melca Mahiber in 2010. The film shows how indigenous clans and the local community have begun to work together with the local government to ensure that their Sheka Rainforest is protected and preserved. An inspiring film showing the complexities of forest protection in a changing world.

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                    • Faire Revivre Notre Culture: Dessiner Notre Future

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