Behind the Bayano

Culture eroded when Indigenous communities are displaced

Panama

Duration: 8:28


Available in 2 languages


Released: August 2018

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Film by Ivan Jaripio, indigenous filmmaker from the Embera community of Piriati, Panama.

A hydroelectric power station was constructed in Panama in the 1970s – displacing indigenous Embera communities. Despite agreement from the state that their relocation would enable them to remake their lives through their traditions and customs, 40 years later they continue to fight against the erosion of their culture.

Recognition to Land, Territories and Resources

Communities need ownership over their ancestral land in order to protect forests. With no formal land title traditional communities often face serious conflict when trying to evict illegal loggers, poachers and land grabbers. Who will believe their claims without precise maps and legal title deeds?

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