Update: First screening of "We Are Guardians" in Brazil!
In collaboration with Avaaz, The Nature Conservancy, the Ministry of Indigenous Peoples, and Mighty Earth, the team hosted a private screening and reception at the Teatro Estação Gasometro with over 300 distinguished guests invited from the Amazon Summit & Amazon Dialogues conferences.
We can't stop thinking about how amazing the first Brazil screening of "We Are Guardians" went!
Among the audience was Sonia Guajajara, the Minister of Indigenous Peoples of Brazil, Célia Xakriabá, the second Indigenous congresswoman in Brazil, Luciana Gatti the climate scientist in the film, Mauro Lucio Marupiara, a sustainable rancher, the head of IBAMA, the CEO of Rainforest Trust, and the head of the UN Permanent forum for Indigenous affairs.
When the film finished, the audience gave a two minute standing ovation. It was unlike any reception we’ve received so far for the film.
As the credits rolled the forest guardians and indigenous leaders were welcomed to the stage where they sang some of their traditional songs and Puyr, Sonia, Célia, and Marçal all gave some inspiring speeches that flowed so beautifully from the messages of the film. This private impact screening was a huge success and perhaps most beautiful of all you could feel the heartfelt recognition from the audience for Puyr, Marcal and all the guardians' work and sacrifice. The "We Are Guardians" team is so excited to go to Rio Film Festival soon, the film's official Brazil premiere!
Special thanks to our event partners who helped make this happen: Azaaz, the Nature Conservancy, and Mighty Earth!
"We Are Guardians" follows Indigenous forest guardians as they fight to protect their territories from deforestation. Through intimate, character focused storytelling, the film brings the issues surrounding the Amazon to the forefront — from the science of the Amazon Rainforest and its pivotal role in our global climate stability to the economic drivers of deforestation.
Leonardo DiCaprio and his team at Appian Way Productions have joined the doc “We Are Guardians” as executive producers, further bolstering efforts to raise awareness about deforestation and the work of Indigenous peoples.
Stay tuned for more updates on screenings and the film's impact campaign.