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The Condor & The Eagle

Four leaders from impacted communities embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian Boreal forests to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of justice. THE CONDOR & THE EAGLE documentary offers a glimpse into a developing spiritual renaissance as the film's four protagonists learn from each other’s long legacy of resistance to colonialism and its extractive economy. Their path through the jungle takes them on an unexpectedly challenging and liberating journey, which will forever change their attachment to the Earth and one another.

Andre Singer, President of The Royal Anthropological Institute of Great Britain and Ireland & CEO of Spring Films Ltd
"As both a filmmaker and an anthropologist, this appeals to me on every level and particularly because instead of being descriptive in nature, it gives Indigenous people a voice and exposes the problems they face through their eyes. I have recently been directly involved in several feature documentaries looking at the plight of Indigenous people and we were fortunate enough to garner Oscar nominations, Peabody, RTS, Emmy and Focal Awards and others as an indication that there is an appetite and concern for the issues that The Condor & the Eagle is addressing."

Portland State University | Tara Massad, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Science
"The Condor and the Eagle" is an eye-opening documentary and an excellent teaching resource. My university students described the environmental injustices communicated by the film as ‘shocking.’ The Condor and the Eagle provides an intimate view of the effects of petroleum extraction on people’s physical and spiritual well-being. While it demonstrates the suffering of indigenous people, their story also inspires us to be better informed, better organized, and more active in seeking environmental justice. The film is not only educational, but it leaves students feeling inspired to follow the example set by the film’s protagonists to take positive action for people and the environment."

Film for the Feminist Classroom
"The Condor and the Eagle shows how local and indigenous protests and organizing can be understood as a direct confrontation to the idea that scientific neutrality and objectivity are the ways to save our future ...This epistemological tension can be further explored through the film’s website, which has many resources geared toward engaging students and the general public in the fight for environmental justice."

Mark Ruffalo, Academy Award Nominee
"I am very impressed with this inspiring Indigenous alliance initiative. The Condor & The Eagle is an important Documentary witnessing how Indigenous people are organizing their communities around Mother wisdom”.

Greenpeace International | Tzeporah Berman, former co-director
“Their project is not just a film. It is connecting movements, supporting Indigenous Women leaders and building amazing strategic partnerships. I think it has tremendous International communications possibilities”.

Douglas Blush, Oscar-winning Producer / Editor (Mr. Soul, Icarus, 20 Feet From Stardom, The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War, etc.)
"This documentary takes the struggle for Climate Justice beyond the standard borders of separate nations and shows a new, larger movement rising up across many Indigenous peoples, using thrilling cinematography, deeply personal stories and the urgency of tomorrow’s headlines. The Condor & The Eagle is both a profound work of climate journalism and an exhilarating, emotional adventure film”.

Educational Media Reviews Online | Angela Walker, Reference & Instruction Librarian, Eastern Connecticut State University
“Considering the continuous expansion of pipeline projects and other destructive developments despite the urgency of the global climate crisis, this documentary is a valuable and important resource for a wide range of subjects.”

Citation

Main credits

Guerra, Clement (film director)
Guerra, Sophie (film director)
MacGillivray, Janet (film producer)
MacGillivray, Janet (on-screen participant)
Camp-Horinek, Casey (film producer)
Camp-Horinek, Casey (on-screen participant)
Laboucan-Massimo, Melina (film producer)
Laboucan-Massimo, Melina (on-screen participant)
Nieto, Yudith (film producer)
Nieto, Yudith (on-screen participant)
Parras, Bryan (film producer)
Parras, Bryan (on-screen participant)

Other credits

Editor, Emma Joan Morris; director of photography, Clement Guerra; original score by Charles Newman.


Keywords

Indigenous Studies, Women’s Rights + Women’s Leadership, Climate + Environmental Justice Movement, Environmental Conservation, Social + Racial Justice, Social Movements, Community Organizing; "The Condor & the Eagle"; GOOD DOCS