A member of the Achnar, indigenous people of the Amazon, who are the subject of a documentary. Courtesy photo

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Documentary highlights indigenous group’s triumph over big oil

By From page A3 | April 08, 2012

Academy Award-nominated and Emmy-winning documentary filmmaker Larry Lansburgh will screen his film “Dream People of the Amazon” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, April 17, at the Village Homes Community Center, 2661 Portage Bay Ave. East. A discussion will follow.

The screening is sponsored by the Center for Spiritual Living in Davis and The Wisdom Bridge, A Home for Intercultural/Interfaith Celebration and Harmony.

Lansburgh’s 30-minute documentary film focuses on the Achuar, indigenous people who live in a part of the Amazon rain forest that has hardly changed in a thousand years. However, under Achuar territory lies oil, and these traditional people know that oil operations would destroy their forest and obliterate their way of life.

Today, however, their forest is intact, and the Achuar culture is healthy. To defend their right to live as their ancestors did, the Achuar developed strategies to deal with the modern world— strategies that are sophisticated, ethical and effective.

For more information, call Molly Cate at (530) 661-7044.

Enterprise staff

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