Editor / Second Camera
Director: Maria Finitzo
Filmed in the lowlands of the Bolivian Amazon, an innovative collaboration between the team of scientists and anthropologists from the Tsimane' Amazonian Panel Study, (TAPS) led by Dr. Bill Leonard and Dr. Mark Goodale, a cultural anthropologist, Living Revolution will explore the revolution through the experiences of women's rights activists, politicians, opposition intellectuals and the Tsimane', a group of Indigenous people who live in the lowlands. Living Revolution will follow the stories of selected individuals as they each in their own way navigate the rocky shoals of both hope and despair in a country in the midst of profound political transition, social change, and violent resistance. The Tsimane' are hunter-gatherers who once lived in and depended on the resources of the Amazon rain forest. Today, however they now find themselves forced to deal with an ever encroaching outside world. Retreat into the forest once an option is no longer possible. The Forest is gone. Social and political change means confronting the other, an encounter that in the past has brought them exploitation, loss of their cultural heritage and environmental degradation. The filming was made possible by a development grant from the NEH, and culminated in a short research film.