Film & Discussion: Children of the Jaguar
Children of the Jaguar is a campaign documentary about the struggle of the Sarayaku indigenous community of Ecuador in order to defend their human rights and the right of many other communities across the Americas. A few years ago, the government authorised an oil company to enter Sarayaku's land and drill for oil. Neither the government nor the company consulted with Sarayaku whether the project was in line with their traditions and way of life. Since then, Sarayaku has been campaigning for justice and redress, including the removal of 1.4 tons of explosives which are still buried on their ancestral land. They are also defending their right to be consulted regarding further development projects which may affect them in the future.
Having exhausted all judicial avenues at home, the Sarayaku have taken their case to the Costa Rica-based Inter-American Court of Human Rights. Children of the Jaguar follows the Sarayaku delegation as they make their way to the highest regional court in the Americas. If they win, the court's decision will benefit Sarayaku and many other Indigenous groups across the region. It will send a powerful message to all governments asking them to consult with Indigenous communities and request their consent before carrying out development projects that may affect their lives.
Amnesty International is supporting Sarayaku's campaign to defend their rights and the rights of Indigenous peoples across the Americas.