Empowering Maijuna Youth Through Film for the Defense of Ancestral Lands
Art Medium: Film-making
Partner: One Planet
Location: Nueva Vida, Peru
Artist: Reyes Sasha Cine
The Maijuna are an Indigenous group of about 500 people living in the Peruvian Amazon. The Maijuna are resolved to conserve their culture and land and to combat the loss of language and cultural practices. Using the Creative Action Institute methodology, 25 Maijuna youth were led in workshops to promote their imagination and creative expression as a group. This cultivation process included dance, song, script-writing, painting, collage, and theatre. The process culminated in the collaborative creation of four short documentaries, as part of the Icaro Project, to empower Maijuna youth for the defense of their ancestral lands.