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‘Amazonas: a flame that is extinguished’ is the title of the micro-documentary about the trip to the Ecuadorian jungle made by Spanish students from the University of Navarra

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The problem with the extractivist industry must be made visible to promote prevention, conservation and rehabilitation actions in favor of the ecosystems and communities that inhabit the Amazon. This indicates the summary of the microdocumentary entitled Amazonas: a flame that is extinguishedproduced by Ecuadorian Santiago Uribe, Master in Digital Environments.

The production lasts seven minutes and shows the beauty of the Ecuadorian jungle and its threats in images captured even with the use of drones.

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Twenty Spanish university students followed Francisco de Orellana’s route from Quito to the jungle and exposed the environmental conflicts of contemporary Ecuador together with Ibon Tobes, a Spanish teacher and researcher at the Universidad Indoamérica de Quito, who was the coordinator of the journey.

The images captured by Uribe are part of this audiovisual piece, which includes panoramic views of the exuberant jungle and the rivers that flank it. Some phrases appear in the middle of them, such as that of the Huaorani indigenous activist Nemonte Nenquimo: “Do not expect only indigenous peoples to defend the Amazon, it is a struggle for all”.

One of the species of birds that inhabit the Amazonian rivers of the country. Photo: COURTESY SANTIAGO URIBE

The production participates in the documentary reportage category of the fourth annual edition of the International Science and Technology Film Festival organized by the University of Navarra.

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The interviews with the owners of the reserves and the leaders and residents of the affected communities are part of the videoUribe says. “This shows a small part of what is currently being experienced in the country when talking about concession areas for both mining and oil companies.”

Among those interviewed is the now deceased leader of the Cofán Dureno community Silvio Chapal, who emphasizes in the audiovisual piece the unfulfilled promises that they always make before oil exploitation: “They said we were going to improve the quality of life. We don’t have drinking water; it worked I think three months, four months”, expresses the leader, who died this year, with a gesture of irony.

A message that today sounds more like a paradox, since the Amazonian provinces from which oil is extracted are the ones with the highest percentages of poverty and unsatisfied basic services.

The rivers that were the main source of life for these communities in the jungle, with fishing, are today polluted, and the hunting and fruit-gathering areas are becoming smaller, so this ancestral way of life is in danger. risk.

One of the species of reptiles captured on the journey. Photo: COURTESY SANTIAGO URIBE

The micro-documentary shows the impact of government mining concessions on indigenous territories and protected areas, as well as the 900 oil spills that occurred in the Ecuadorian Amazon between 2015 and 2021.

The pre-production, production and post-production was done, adds Uribe, together with María José Buitrón, who helped collect the most up-to-date information on the impacts caused by oil spills and mining in Ecuador.

A total of 1,106 productions from around the world were presented at the fourth edition of the festival. The notification of the winners will be made on September 5, informs Uribe. (YO)

On river trips you have to be attentive to observe the birds perched on the branches. Photo: COURTESY SANTIAGO URIBE

Source: Eluniverso

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