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Dark secrets of poisoned Amazonian waters are revealed in this documentary political thriller when native villages take on Big Oil.
Dark secrets of poisoned Amazonian waters are revealed in this documentary political thriller when native villages take on Big Oil.
Dark secrets of poisoned Amazonian waters are revealed in this documentary political thriller when native villages take on Big Oil.
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AMAZONIA LOT 1-AB

STRETCH GOAL $40,000 WILL ENABLE OUR CREW TO CONTINUE SHOOTING CURRENT PROTESTS AS THEY ARE UNFOLDING IN THE AMAZON

A documentary feature (in development & production)

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Synopsis 

Dark secrets of poisoned waters in the remote Peruvian Amazon are revealed in this documentary political thriller when indigenous communities take on Big Oil in California Federal Court. Declassified CIA wires divulge the covert history of an American oil tycoon/ Soviet operative who panders to politicians and makes billions while decimating indigenous peoples and the environment. As oil extraction wreaks havoc on sacred Achuar lands, visionary leader Apu Tomas Maynas spearheads a non-violent campaign to protect the Achuar people's territory and very their survival. Lot 1-AB, the tribal rainforest-turned-oilfield, becomes the epicenter of an ongoing battle that pits the power of corporations in collusion with governments against the rising voices of native peoples.

Apu Tomas Maynas Carijano is an Achuar leader in Peru's Corrientes River Basin.
Apu Tomas Maynas Carijano is an Achuar leader in Peru's Corrientes River Basin.

Breaking News ...

UPDATE September 28, 2017

Our director and crew have made the treacherous 3 day journey by boat to Nuevo Andoas where the Achuar, Quechas, and Kichwas have mobilized to peacefully occupy the airstrip.  They are the only journalists present at this time.  On September 18, the communities seized petroleum production in the Corrientes valley and shut down a large percentage of oil operations. Our crew also filmed a protest in Lima, Peru in front of the PetroPeru office. All this due to the government's refusal to recognize the Indigenous communities hard won right to Free, Prior, and Informed Consent for use of their ancestral lands.  To view footage of the protest in Lima, click the picture below.

"La Selva No Se Vende, La Selva Se Defiende" (The Jungle is Not for Sale, The Jungle Needs to be Defended"
"La Selva No Se Vende, La Selva Se Defiende" (The Jungle is Not for Sale, The Jungle Needs to be Defended"

 

Peruvian tribal leaders from the Amazon have given the Peruvian government a 20-day deadline to comply with their lawful demands.  It expires September 11th and we URGENTLY need to get our crew to the Amazon before that to shoot the story as it unfolds!

Why This Film Matters

Since the early 1970s, ‘Standing Rock’ has been an everyday event in the Amazon where numerous native communities face toxic devastation from oil extraction. Sadly, while the Achuar communities’ predicament is not an anomaly, the fact that they sued one of the U.S.' s largest energy companies in U.S. Court is indeed a singular story that must be told on film. AMAZONIA LOT 1-AB explores this unprecedented case, and asks how one of the U.S.’s most powerful companies perpetrated decades of environmental and human degradation without accountability. This film shows what happens when things go unchecked, when environmental protections are not enforced, when oil companies operating in foreign lands are not regulated, and when governments deny native peoples their right to Free, Prior and Informed Consent.

Pipelines traversing Lot 1-AB
Pipelines traversing Lot 1-AB

Projects of Earth 

When the Voyager Golden Record launched into space 40 years ago, oil extraction had already begun in Peru’s Northern Amazon on Lot 1-AB, a 1850-square-mile swath covering four river basins along the Ecuadoran border. It was home to 5 indigenous nations that were neither consulted nor advised about the extractive project on their ancestral lands. For 35 years, oil companies operating on Lot 1-AB knowingly dumped an estimated 12 billion barrels of toxic waste directly into rivers and streams, instigating an environmental state of emergency and health crisis that have yet to be resolved. 

Today there are no more fish in the Corrientes River. Ninety-nine percent of the Achuar population has heavy metal blood poisoning.  Amazonian indigenous federations have been demanding the remediation of this toxic mess left by four decades of unconscionable crude extraction, the clean up cost of which is an estimated $1bn. Forty years after the Voyager Golden Record's launch, this film portrays the ongoing battle to defend the earth and indigenous lives in Peru's Northern Amazon on Lot 1-AB. 

Impact 

AMAZONIA LOT 1-AB puts a face on the human and environmental costs of our fossil fuel addiction. Our demand for Amazon crude is jeopardizing millions of acres of pristine rainforest and indigenous rights and territory. The Western Amazon rainforest as seen in the film, is the world’s most bio-diverse rainforest, home to over 400 distinct indigenous peoples. It’s our planet’s chief carbon sink. Public awareness of the grave consequences of using Amazon crude is crucial to bringing about change.

Oil contamination on Lot 1AB
Oil contamination on Lot 1AB

Our Plan 

At this point we've shot some 20-25% of the film's footage during two shoots in the Amazon, and a few in Lima and Washington DC.  We've edited a 5-minute trailer, as well as a 10-minute trailer for funders. We've transcribed most of our interviews and we're working on the film's treatment. To complete this film, we urgently need to get our crew back to Peru and the Amazon.  Our goal of $35K would enable us to do the following:  

  • Travel with crew to Lima, & Achuar communities in the Corrientes River Basin to cover events as they unfold   
  • Shoot interviews in Los Angeles & US 
  • License some archival footage

 With your support, we hope the film will premiere in 2019.  

Join Our Journey

We are excited to make this film and hope you'll join us on the thrilling adventure of completing this documentary AMAZONIA LOT 1-AB. Your support is vital to taking our next big step forward. We appreciate you sharing this project on social media with your community. Please join our team of Backers to help make this film a reality. No contribution is too small.

Filmmaker Nicole Karsin & Apu Tomas Maynas
Filmmaker Nicole Karsin & Apu Tomas Maynas

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AMAZONIA LOT 1-AB is a fiscally sponsored project of the International Documentary Association (IDA), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. Contributions on behalf of AMAZONIA LOT 1-AB are payable to IDA and are tax-deductible less the value of any goods or services received, as allowed by law. The value of goods and services being offered is noted under each donation level. If you would like to deduct the entire donation you have the option to simply decline the reward at check out.

Filmmaker Nicole Karsin shows the Achuar community in Nueva Jerusalen a working trailer of the film
Filmmaker Nicole Karsin shows the Achuar community in Nueva Jerusalen a working trailer of the film

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Some of the We Women Warriors merchandise offered as rewards: 

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WWW DVD

 

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WWW T-Shirt

 

Amazonia Lot 1-AB magnet
Amazonia Lot 1-AB magnet

 

Risks and challenges

Independent filmmaking is always a challenge that involves multiple risks. Producing expedition-like shoots in the Corrientes River Basin is difficult. But through my experience of making my first documentary film shot in three conflict zones of Colombia, I acquired the insight and grit to kick ass in the Amazon.

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