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Trade, Trauma and Tradition: Extractive industries, cultural genocide and Indigenous resistence in the 1900s and today

Descripción del proyecto

Una película sobre las amenazas que acechan la Amazonia

El caucho natural proviene de un árbol. Es una savia que se extrae del codiciado árbol del caucho («Hevea brasiliensis»), originario de la selva amazónica. El descubrimiento de estos árboles a finales del siglo XIX llevó consigo una devastadora oleada de exploradores a la Amazonia (actualmente comprendida entre Perú, Brasil y Colombia). El proyecto TTTRAD, financiado con fondos europeos, estudiará la demanda de justicia y protección de los pueblos indígenas amazónicos frente a los efectos devastadores de las actividades de la industria extractiva financiada por Europa durante el auge del caucho a principios del siglo XX y en la actualidad. Se producirá un largometraje documental en el que se investigará el régimen genocida de la empresa Peruvian Amazon Company, registrada en el Reino Unido. También se examinará qué puede hacer la Unión Europea para ayudar a prevenir las amenazas actuales, principalmente las procedentes del petróleo, la minería y el sector agroindustrial.

Objetivo

This project studies Amazonian indigenous peoples’ search for justice and protection from the devastating impacts of European funded extractive industry activities during the rubber boom in the early 1900s and today. The approach is multidisciplinary (MD) crossing genocide, human rights, anthropology, history, social psychololgy and digital media studies (DH). It will produce a groundbreaking feature length documentary investigating the genocidal regime of the British registered Peruvian Amazon Company; the resurgence of the peoples of the region from less than 300 survivors of the rubber boom; and, their search for reconciliation and prevention of a similar business-related genocide today.The documentary will be informed by innovative research on the role and potential of European and its Member States law and policy to prevent business related genocide in Amazonia. The project empowers indigenous peoples through participatory video and digital storytelling (DST) to tell their history in their own way and words) [DST productions are usually 1-5 minute videos which can be made on mobile phones] It’s a story of genocide, resilience, reconciliation and the role of their own laws and cultural practices in their revival as peoples.In little over 30 years the PACs operations in the Predio Putumayo, a place the size of Belgium, led to the death of over 30,000 indigenous people [some estimates go as high as 100,000 dead]. Less than 300 survived, A hundred years on, from the end of the rubber boom, indigenous peoples in the Amazon are are again facing severe business-related threats to their lives, lands and culture. This time the threats come mainly from oil, mining and the agri-business sector.This project is timely asking what the European Union can do to help prevent business- related ecocide (massive environmental destruction) and cultural genocide (destruction of indigenous peoples’ cultural integrity) today.

Coordinador

UNIVERSITY OF GALWAY
Aportación neta de la UEn
€ 294 886,08
Dirección
UNIVERSITY ROAD
H91 Galway
Irlanda

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Región
Ireland Northern and Western West
Tipo de actividad
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Enlaces
Coste total
€ 294 886,08