September 7th, 2019, 7 p.m.

Judson Memorial, 55 Washington Sq. Pk. South., Manhattan, NYC

The Emma Goldman Anarchist Film Festival celebrates the spirit of resistance against the domineering forces of the state, the capitalist economic system and all forms of social repression.

Our 2019 Edition will focus on short films about indigenous communities, rights, culture and their resistance.


ISA 25 years | #PeoplesOfTheForest (#PovosDaFlores) by Instituto Socioambiental, directed by Daniel Klajmic. Brazil, 2019. 1:30 min 

Without the forest there is no future. Resist along with the #PeopleOfTheForest. The indigenous, the quilombolas, the riverside and the extractivist communities protect the forests, which regulate the climate and the rain while serving as the source of new medicine. They are the guardians of our future. Know more: and do your part:

Resisting The Ongoing Genocide: The Indigenous Struggle in Brazil by Lucca Messer. Brazil, 2019. 4 min 

Jair Bolsonaro vowed that he wouldn’t sanction new indigenous land during his administration. With that said, we remember that the indigenous people in Brazil have been resisting for the last 500 years, and that their fight is by no means close to a halt. In this short documentary, we listen to the indigenous community of Piaçaguera, located only an hour and a half from Latin America’s biggest city: São Paulo.

Without the forest there is no future. Resist along with the #PeopleOfTheForest. The indigenous, the quilombolas, the riverside and the extractivist communities protect the forests, which regulate the climate and the rain while serving as the source of new medicine. They are the guardians of our future. Know more: and do your part:

Location: Piaçaguera, São Paulo, Brazil. Communities / Ethnicities represented in the film: Terra Indígena Piaçaguera.

Osiba Kangamuke – Let’s Go, Children by Haya Kalapalo, Tawana Kalapalo, Thomaz Pedro e Veronica Monachini de Carvalho. Brazil, 2016. 20 min

The children of the Aiha Kalapalo village, located at the Alto Xingu Indigenous Park (MT), are the protagonists of this film and have chosen to show some aspects of their routine and culture. The film is a collective production of indigenous and non-indigenous filmmakers and anthropologists.

Location: Território Indígena do Alto Xingu, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Communities / Ethnicities represented in the film: Aldeia Aiha – Povo Kalapalo – Alto Xingu.

Resist Exist by Lívia Sá. Brazil, 2019. 6 min

Our origins, our people, our culture, our land and our ancestrals are being wiped out. A path that has no turning back and demands immediate action and attention. It is necessary to Resist to Exist. This is an experimental film shot on Super 8mm. The film documents everyday moments that juxtapose with scenes of resistance from different indigenous communities during a protest in São Paulo. The film also has the narration of Leila Rocha Guarani Nhandeva (indigenous leadership of Yvy Katu/ Porto Lindo; Guarani-Kaiowás- Mato Grosso do Sul). 

Locations: São Paulo, Rio de Janeiro, Bahia and Pernambuco states, Brazil.

Cacao: Food of the Gods by Cacao Laboratory, produced by Eric Fridman, directed by Daniel Garcia. Guatemala, 2019. 11 min

Long before chocolate became industrialized, the Maya civilization utilized sacred cacao as a heart opener and to connect with nature in order to understand its delicate balance and divinity. We believe the medicine of cacao and the burgeoning cacao culture can bring about the change necessary to save us from destroying our planet.

Location: Guatemala. Communities / Ethnicities represented in the film: Mayan Tzutujil.

History of Abraim by Otavio Cury. Brazil, 2015. 12 min

Abraim was exchanged for a cow. Memories of a leader of the Macuxi people in the frontier of Brazil and Guiana.

Location: Terra Indigena Raposa Serra do Sol, Roraima, Brazil. Communities / Ethnicities represented in the film: Macuxi.

Giants by Nature Itself by, directed by Rodrigo Castro and João Unzer. Brazil, 2019. 2:30 min

The Xingu Women’s Movement is one the most relevant and organized feminist groups in Brazil’s indigenous community today. Based in the Parque Indígena do Xingu (Xingu National Park), the group aims to fight for the emancipation of all indigenous women and for their greater participation in local and national politics. This short film and manifesto  is an invitation for everyone to join these women while making their voices louder and their messages heard.

Locations: Aldeias do Baixo Xingu, Mato Grosso, Brazil. Communities / Ethnicities represented in the film: Kayabi, Suia, Juruna, Yawalapiti, Matareiup and others.

Earth Speaks by Rebecca Centeno. USA, 2015. 12 min  

A short documentary about the Earth as Mother and the impacts of oil and gas drilling on Native American tribal lands in the United States, particularly the Blackfeet Reservation in North Central Montana. Outside entities promise economic wealth and prosperity to territories whose unemployment rate hovers at 70%. Exploitation of people, land, and resources is not new to the Native American. How does seeing the Earth with a ‘spiritual eye’ affect the oil and gas industry of Native Lands?

Locations: Yakama Nation – White Swan, WA; Blackfeet Nation – Browning, MT; New York State, USA. Communities / Ethnicities represented in the film: Cree, Blackfeet, Mohawk.

Koshoska by Warmayllu and Tafa. Peru, 2012. 4:30 min

This stop motion animation film was created collectively in a Workshop on Vision of Goodliving for the Peruvian Amazon (Visiones del Buen Vivir para la Amazonía Peruana). It shows the destruction and contamination of the Amazonian rivers and the rainforest. Thanks to the spiritual connection with nature through the Ayahuasca medicine, the indigenous people vision a co-existence with an abundant and healthy rainforest.

Locations: Yarinacocha, Ucayali, Peru. Communities / Ethnicities represented in the film:Shipibo-Konibo, Awajún, Ashaninka.

Karipuna by Greenpeace, CIMI and APOIKA, directed by Fábio Nascimento. Brazil, 2018. 4:30 min 

The Karipuna Indigenous Land, located in the municipalities of Nova Mamoré and Porto Velho (Rondônia State), has been destroyed, especially by the invasion of loggers and grileiros. Although the land was demarcated by the Presidency of the Republic in 1988, deforestation and the degradation of the territory already results more than 11 thousand hectares. The Karipuna, who had recent contact with the surrounding society, were almost extinct in the 1970s. With a current population estimated at only 60 people, in recent years the Karipuna have been denouncing to the state the recurrent threats and intimidation that have been suffering. 

Location: Terra Indígena Karipuna, Rondônia, Brazil. Communities / Ethnicities represented in the film: Povo Karipuna.

Additional Videos/ Trailers/ Manifesto: 

Black Snake Killaz: A #NoDAPL Story by Unicorn Riot. USA, 2016. Trailer 2:30 min

Black Snake Killaz is a feature-length documentary film about resistance to the Dakota Access Pipeline. This film explores actions taken by water protectors to stop the construction of the oil pipeline and highlights actions taken by law enforcement, military, and corporate mercenaries to quell the months-long protest.

Black Snake Killaz timelines the historical events that unfolded in Standing Rock throughout 2016 and brings you the raw experience from many frontline actions to protect the water.

Locations: Standing Rock Indian Reservation, North Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, USA. 

Communities / Ethnicities represented in the film: Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, Očhéthi Šakówiŋ.

Know more about Unicorn Riot at

Awake by Digital Smoke Signals. USA, 2017. Trailer 3 min 

The Water Protectors at Standing Rock captured world attention through their peaceful resistance. While many may know the details, AWAKE, A Dream from Standing Rock captures the story of Native-led defiance that forever changed the fight for clean water, our environment and the future of our planet. The film is a collab­oration between Indigenous filmmakers, Director Myron Dewey, Executive Producer Doug Good Feather and environmental Oscar Nominated filmmakers Josh Fox and James Spione. It is a labor of love to support the peaceful movement of the water protectors.

Know more about Digital Smoke Signals at

First Indigenous Women’s March by Mídia NINJA, APIB e Mídia Índia, Brazil 2019. 5 min

“Since Bolsonaro said that there wouldn’t be any additional centimeter of indigenous land demarcation, we started to march because through this statement, Bolsonaro declared war not only towards the indigenous people, but also to the indigenous women”. Sonia Guajajara during the First Indigenous Women’s March in Brasilia, 2019. 

Location: Brasilia, Brazil. 

Know more about Mídia Ninja at

An Arrow From Xingu to the World, For the #Amazon by Kamikia Kisedje / Instituto Socioambiental, Brazil 2019. 1min

While the world prays for the #Amazon, the Xinguans gather and throw an arrow into the air. The Brazilian government must protect the forests and respect the indigenous and traditional communities’ ways of life.

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Location: Terra Indígena Menkragnoti (PA), Brazil.

Communities / Ethnicities represented in the film: Mebengokre, Kalapalo, Ikpeng, Yudja, Panara, Khisêtjê, Tapayuna, Parakanã, Arawete, Xikrin do Bacajá, Xipaya, Kuruaya, Arara da Cachoeira Seca e Yudja da Volta Grande, e ribeirinhos das Reservas Extrativistas Riozinho do Anfrísio, Iriri e Xingu, e do Conselho Ribeirinho.

For more info contact: Lívia Sá or