Four Indigenous environmental leaders embark on an extraordinary trans-continental adventure from the Canadian plains to deep into the heart of the Amazonian jungle to unite the peoples of North and South America and deepen the meaning of “Climate 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.
Q&A to follow the screening with Mindy Magyar (Mi’kmaq)
Mindy Magyar (Mi’kmaq) is an Associate Professor of Industrial Design at Rochester Institute of Technology and board member of Friends of Ganondagan. She considers equity and inclusion as imperatives for global citizenship and sustainability. Her research addresses cultural representation, authorship, appropriation, and literacy. Her critical studio practice also explores the cultural narratives of our constructed landscape, providing further insights into her perspective as a Mi’kmaq woman today.
The Community Partner for this screening is Friends of Ganondagan.
Oscar-winning Editor/Producer Douglas Blush (Mr. Soul, Icarus, 20 Feet From Stardom, The Hunting Ground, The Invisible War) says about The Condor & The Eagle: “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”.
The Condor & The Eagle brings to light the major role played by Indigenous women in the build-up of the Environmental Justice Movement. They have struggled with feelings of isolation their entire lives and are now discovering the power of their shared voices to bring change to the entire world. When revered Native elder Casey Camp-Horinek traveled to New York in 2014 to lead the People’s Climate March she was met with overwhelming support from the people of her sister nations in North and South America. With the continuous expansion of pipeline projects throughout the Americas these Indigenous women and men represent the last remaining landholders who refuse to sacrifice their territories to transnational oil companies. Their unification in New York first and later in Paris are among many similar and burgeoning initiatives, mostly led by Indigenous women, that have inspired people around the world to rise for the protection of the earth and give life to the climate justice movement.