If Not Us Then Who – photo exhibitions and roving film festival roadshows
New York Launch and Exhibition, September 2014
Over the past months the If Not Us Then Who/Handcrafted team have been busy showing the If Not Us Then Who project to audiences in New York and Lima; and are now preparing for a multi-island trip to Indonesia. The project was launched at Corner Pop Up Shop gallery space in September during the UN Climate Summit in New York City. The gallery space included a rolling projection of films, sounds of the forest being piped through exterior speakers, a series of special screenings, a photography exhibition, live music, inspiring talks and discussions. In total 12 events were held, including hosting the first ever Joint Indigenous Peoples Statement for the Climate, two Indonesian-themed events, Indigenous Youth Leader’s Event and indigenous organisations hosting discussions and meetings on Lima COP20 plans.
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Lima Itinerant Film Festival, October-November 2014
After the success of New York the project then embarked on a roving film festival throughout Lima directly before COP20. Being mobile gave us the chance to screen a whole new range of films in different communities and areas across the city beginning with the offices of local indigenous organisation AIDESEP, the Museum of National Anthropology, the indigenous Cantagallo community on the outskirts of the city, Casa Mariateguil building, the University of San Marcos and the Victoria Bar. The team collaborated with Global Witness to launch ‘Our Fight’, a brand new film focussed on the Peruvian indigenous struggle in the Amazon, alongside Peru’s Deadly Environment report and the Alex Soros Award ceremony, two simultaneous screenings in New York and Lima, which raised a significant amount of interest throughout the media. ‘The Reunion’ a second new film focussing on Peruvian indigenous identity and history was launched in conjunction Rainforest Foundation US. The timing of the festival helped shape the stories of COP20 and contributed to IP rights issues being featured in the press for over 2 months.
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