AMAZON IN FLAMES
Never before did the Amazon encounter fires of such an intensity. In Bolivia, more than 1.7 million hectares of land were burned and in the fires perished more than 2 million animals. The fault lies not only with exceptionally dry season that is connected with climate change but also with the new law that allows legal burning of land in order to gain cultivable land.
The Chiquitano dry forest is the best preserved forest forest of it’s type in the world. But the region is changing and it’s not changing for the better. I want to show what is happening here so that the people can understand it better and think about ways how to change it.
So far, I have been filming with voluntary firemen in Bolivian region of Chiquitania, which is the cultural heritage of the country. Large parts of Chiquitania were burned down and it will take years for the region to recover. Because the country doesn’t have official forest firefighting force, voluntary firefighters were major help in subjugating the fire. In the movie, their work will be shown, as well as their life and obstacles that they encounter.
Name: Amazon in Flame / The Land Is Not For Sale
Finish: Summer 2020
Project Type: Cine/Online Documentary Film
Approx. length: 1 hour 20 minutes
- 30% PROJECT STATUS
- 50% FILMING
- 0% EDITING
WHO ARE THE HEROES?
Fireman, that came to help all the way from Colombia. Judas has an experience working in crisis situations and in the past beside being fireman worked as a negotiator between police and drug cartels. He shares his know-how with the volunteers and teaches them how to tackle the fire and most importantly come back home safe.
Unstoppable firefighter and avid consumer of Koka leaves, that are very popular in the region and has, unlike the Cocaine that is produced from it, lot of benefits. Chichi never stops in his work and all the time searches for new fires that have to be put out.
The leader of the voluntary firemen force – GRI – The Group of Imediate Response. Miguel leads and coordinates missions that aim to put our or contain the fire in the region. In his potion, he also sees the possibility to make a name for himself and one day lead his city.
WHO SHOOTS THE MOVIE?
DIRECTOR & KAMERAMAN
Hi, my name is Martin and I am a documentarist. I worked in places like Ukraine, Bangladesh (I received Czech Press Photo for this coverage) or in Afghanistan. Documentaries are my passion. I always feel like I shouldn’t stress myself, but whenever something happens, I just have to head over there and participate.
WHY DO I NEED YOUR HELP?
COSTS: approx. 10 000 USD
- 10% Travel
- 40% Equipment
- 40% Production and editing
- 10% Distribution
So far I have been working from my own funds, but without your participation, I won’t be able to continue with the project. The good thing is that I can speak Spanish, so I don’t need to pay for the guide, but nevertheless my funds are starting to dimish.
I am making crowdfunding in my country, but I will also be grateful for any international support you can spare. You help will allow me to finish this film! It is the topic that concerns us all!
BEYOND THE OVIOUS
WHAT IS GOING ON IN HERE?
In the April 2019 president Evo Morales signed the law 1171 that in Bolivia allowed the use of fire as a tool for land cultivation. Besides, that as a part of his presidential campaign lands in the lowlands were distributed to the people from highlands. Many of them set out for east to search their fortune. The business that goes around the land is not very clear and possibly not very clean. In the end, the rich are again getting richer but all of us have to pay.
This year, immense parts of the forest were lost and a huge amount of carbon dioxide was released into the air. This will again deepen the climate change crisis which was one of the factors of the fires to begin with. Unless sufficient precautions are made, this vicious circle will perpetuate itself! In the movie will also be presented effort of forest guards that are working right now to prevent that this happens ever again.
Through interviews with the protagonists the movie will also explore the notion of collective fault of our society. This situation is the result of the direction that the humanity is taking. The fault lies in the consumerism, excessive production, extreme differences between poor and rich and unstoppable expansiveness of humanity. The ultimate goal of the movie is to make the viewer contemplate what can be done that this direction is reverted.
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