Twenty years ago Christopher Walker was the first filmmakers to tell the story of the fight against Big Oil in the Amazon basin of Ecuador. Filming over 3 years, our film covered the fight by the Waorani people to remove the oil companies from their lands and preserve the Yasuni Park – one of the most biologically diverse regions of the world. TRINKETS & BEADS won many major prizes worldwide and was shortlisted for an Academy Award Nomination - being named an 'outstanding documentary ' by the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences. The film publicized the Waorani’s struggle around the world, and was instrumental in gaining support for the subsequent moratorium on oil drilling in the Yasuni National Park. Web link: http://icarusfilms.com/cat97/t-z/trinkets.html
In 2013 Ecuador's President Correa announced an end to the moratorium on oil drilling in the Yasuni Park, opening it - and Waorani lands - to oil drilling once again. Extensive oil drilling in Ecuador is not only further destroying the Amazon rainforest and the livelihoods of local people, but also continues our dangerous global addiction to oil - contributing to further global warming. Nowhere in the world are the battle lines on climate change and indigenous rights more sharply drawn than in the Amazon rainforest - where any destruction affects the entire planet. Web link: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/may/23/ecuador-amazon-yasuni-national-park-oil-drill
Filmed over 3 years, SPEARS FROM ALL SIDES reveals the progress of this new oil invasion from the intimate perspective of the Waorani people. Moving from the deep Amazon rainforest to Washington D.C. and back, it is a dramatic story of deception, brutality, betrayal, and in the end hope.
Director: Christopher Walker
Writer: Christopher Walker
: Christopher Walker
Country of Origin: USA