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VOICES ON THE ROAD

Bethan John & Eilidh Munro / Scottish Premiere

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? Voices on the Road, a 25-minute documentary, gives a platform to the unheard voices of Manu’s communities. It explores why many indigenous people have been campaigning tirelessly for this road to be built, despite the dangers it brings. Will the realities of road connection meet their expectations and why are they prepared to risk it all? The stakes are high, both for them and this globally important forest…

In collaboration with Document Film Festival 

SPECS

Age certificate: 18 / Peru 2019 / 25 min / Digital / Spanish with English / Subtitles / Documentary

SCREENINGS

EDINBURGH

Sat 29 Feb 8.15pm at the Filmhouse

PRICE: £11 / £9 Concs. 

Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers behind the short Voices on the Road, Bethan John and Eilidh Munro led by Tatiana Heisse, Lecturer (Hispanic Studies) at the University of Glasgow.

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FORDLANDIA MALAISE

Susana de Sousa Dias

Fordlandia Malaise is a film about the memory of  and the current situation in Fordlandia, the company town founded by Henry Ford in the Amazon rain forest in 1928. His aim was to break the British rubber monopoly and produce this material in Brazil for his car production in the United States. Today, the remains of construction testify to the scale of the failure of this neocolonialist endeavor that lasted less then a decade. Nowadays, Fordlandia is a space suspended between times (20th and 21st centuries), between utopia and dystopia, between visibility and invisibility: architectural buildings of steel, glass and masonry still remain in use while traces of indigenous life left no marks on the ground. Although Fordlandia is well known due to the short lasting Fordian period, one must not forget its history both before and after. Giving voice to the inhabitants who claim the right to write their own story and reject the ghost town label, Fordlandia Malaise blends together archive imagery, drone footage, tales and narratives, myths and songs.

In collaboration with Document Film Festival 

SPECS

Age certificate: 12 / Portugal / 2019 / 41m / DCP / Portuguese with English subtitles / Documentary

SCREENINGS

EDINBURGH

Sat 29 Feb 8.15pm at the Filmhouse

PRICE: £11 / £9 Concs. 

Followed by a Q&A with the filmmakers behind the short Voices on the Road, Bethan John and Eilidh Munro led by Tatiana Heisse, Lecturer (Hispanic Studies) at the University of Glasgow.

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