Welcome to the ACEER Film Series
The ACEER film series* is a new effort started in 2021 to share amazing stories related to the ACEER mission. We select films that raise awareness, stimulate conversation and compliment our conservation efforts in the Amazon basin and around the globe. Most of our films are free but periodically we show films as fundraisers.
*With the global COVID-19 pandemic, all screenings are virtual until further notice.
Stay tuned for upcoming screenings and live Q & A sessions with award-winning filmmakers from all over the world.
Have a suggestion? We’d love to learn about your favorite conservation films. Let us know what you’d like to see.
Guardians of the Forest
Please join us for a virtual screening of the documentary film Guardians of the Forest followed by a live Q&A with Maijuna Indigenous leaders and the film’s producer and director.
Guardians of the Forest is an award-winning documentary film that tells the inspiring story of the Maijuna Indigenous group of the Peruvian Amazon as they fight for their biologically rich ancestral lands and cultural survival. The Maijuna culture is sustained and nourished by their heavily forested ancestral territory, which is increasingly threatened by outsiders. This powerful documentary film tackles critical topics such as rainforest conservation, Indigenous rights and lifeways, community empowerment, and environmental justice, among others.
When: April 13, 2022
6:00-8:00 PM ET
Where: Live on Zoom
Languages: English and Spanish
Sebastián Ríos Ochoa (Maijuna leader)
Tarkis Ríos Ushiñahua (Maijuna leader)
Michael Gilmore (OnePlanet’s President)
Jacob Wagner (OnePlanet’s Creative Director)
Event Co-Sponsors: George Mason University, FECONAMAI, ACEER, and OnePlanet
Guardians of the Forest
An unwanted road. A fight for survival. Guardians of the Forest. “We are indigenous, the guardians of the forest.We are the defenders of these lands, these forests…” — Ederson Ríos Ushiñahua, Maijuna Leader
After years of fighting, on June 17, 2015, the President of Peru signed a bill protecting Maijuna ancestral lands. Now the illegal construction of a road is cutting through the Conservation Area, threatening the Maijuna’s sovereignty and traditional culture.
April 15-20th, 2021
River of Gold
Our friends at the Amazon Aid Foundation bring us River of Gold, a documentary. The River of Gold Project examines the devastating and global environmental and humanitarian consequences of small scale illegal gold mining in the Amazon and provides solutions in order to save the Amazon Rainforest. Find out how you can be a part of the solution.
The film will be available to the ACEER community from April 15th through Aprils 20th, 2021. Join us for a live virtual screening on April 20th at 6:00 PM EDT, followed but a live Q & A session immediately following the film. You don’t want to miss this one!!
Aguilucho: Dance of the Harpy Eagle
Our friends at Skyship Films bring us Aguilucho: Dance of the Harpy Eagle, a documentary short about indigenous-led conservation efforts to bring back the endangered Harpy Eagle to the remote Darién Gap rainforest in Panamá. The Emberá tribal community of Playa Muerto live here, in one of the last untouched rainforests in Central America—the only break in the 19,000-mile Pan-American Highway, which winds from Alaska to Argentina. The film is an exploration of a renewed relationship between the tribe and the great raptor, in the face of threats to the species and its ecosystem from deforestation and encroachment from loggers.
From the development of collaborative monitoring practices to the revival of an ancient Eagle Dance, this incredible relationship is a model for conserving both a culture and a rainforest. The film was made in partnership with the Emberá of Playa Muerto and The Peregrine Fund, who work tirelessly in Panamá and around the world alongside various indigenous peoples to help save birds of prey from extinction.
This film will be available to the ACEER community in June, 2021. Join us for a live virtual screening this June with a live Q & A session following the film. You don’t want to miss this!!
Narrated by Academy Award winners, Sissy Spacek and Herbie Hancock, Amazon Gold is the disturbing account of a clandestine journey that bears witness to the apocalyptic destruction of the rainforest in the pursuit of illegally mined gold.
This film will be available to the ACEER community in August of 2021 with a live Q & A session following the film. You don’t want to miss this!!
Film Series Archive
Enjoy some of these ACEER film series favorites. Some films may not be viewable and you will need to contact the film’s creators for viewing information. Others may be available in our archive in various formats. We’d love to hear your suggestions for our film series. Drop us a line!
Voices on the Road
Deep in the remote Peruvian Amazon a road is quietly destroying a protected rainforest, causing conflict and fear. But for some indigenous communities, desperate for change, it also brings hope. The road is cutting through a UNESCO World Heritage Site – the Manu Biosphere Reserve – and opening it up to the outside world.
Many indigenous communities are struggling to live in this ‘paradise’ and the road brings the promise of a better life. But at what cost?
Visit: voicesontheroadfilm.com to find out more.