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ISA Launches #PeoplesOfTheForest Campaign to Protect Brazil's Environmental Heritage

The Instituto Socioambiental aims to boost support for the indigenous, Quilombola, riparian and extractivist communities with JWT Brasil

ISA Launches #PeoplesOfTheForest Campaign to Protect Brazil's Environmental Heritage

ISA is celebrating its 25 years anniversary with the launch of the #PeoplesOfTheForest campaign to boost support for the indigenous, Quilombola, riparian and extractivist communities who are resisting attacks on their rights and the destruction of their lands.

The peoples of the forest have a message for the Brazilian government, politicians and the business community. To prospectors, loggers, squatters and other invaders of their lands: "we will continue to resist." This is one of the main messages of the #PeoplesOfTheForest campaign, which Instituto Socioambiental (ISA) and its partners in the indigenous, Quilombola, riparian and extractivist communities launched on Tuesday, April 23, online, on TV and in cinemas. The campaign is asking for people to support the fight to protect Brazil's environmental heritage and is advocating for the rights of indigenous tribes and traditional populations.

Young people, women, medicine men, chiefs and shamans. The protagonists for the #PeoplesOfTheForest campaign are 25 leaders from nine indigenous tribes in the Amazon, from Quilombola communities in Vale do Ribeira (SP) and from riparian communities in Terra do Meio, Pará. With their strength and beauty, the campaign honors the diversity of the people living in and protecting the forests, reminding us that it is the forests that regulate the climate, produce rain for farming and house the planet's largest biodiversity, a potential source of new medications and cures.

"We, the peoples of the forest, are a global community of people and it's very important for us to join together in an alliance. This makes us stronger when it comes to confronting the 'whites' who are surrounding us," says Davi Kopenawa, a leader and great shaman of the Yanomami tribe, and one of the leading voices in the campaign. "The non-indigenous society does not know us, and this ISA campaign will bring our words to them," adds Davi Kopenawa.

Produced in partnership with the J. Walter Thompson Brasil agency and Prodigo Films, a film production company, the #PeoplesOfTheForest marks the 25th anniversary of the ISA and serves as a response from the organisation and its historical partners to the setbacks, dissolutions and constitutional violations of socio-environmental policies and of the guarantees of human rights that is ongoing in Brazil. "If the forest, or nature in general, is our passport as a country to a future, then the people living in it are truly its guardians," says André Villas-Bôas, executive secretary at ISA. "We must value the enormous contribution these communities have made to the planet's ecological balance."

"The most remarkable and transformative thing about this film was being able to witness the exchange between indigenous tribes, Quilombolas and riparian communities." Filming created an unprecedented meeting between very important leaders. It was an honor and a privilege to be part of this project. An unique experiences," says Daniel Klajmic, stage manager for Prodigo Films. "In our current political scenario, a movie like this makes it even more important," adds the director. "The idea of the movie is to emphasize that native forest leaders have always been ready to protect and preserve their cultural legacy, which also belongs to humanity," says Ricardo John, CEO of J. Walter Thompson Brazil.
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Post Production / VFX

Post Production Company: Prodigo Films

Colourist: Ely Silva

Finishing: Georges Sakamoto/ Prodigo Films

Motion Graphics: Lucas Carvalho, Vinicius Kahan, Ariedine Carvalho (Intern), Mariana Silva Assis (Intern)

Compositing: Paulo Chedid

Post Production Assistant: Everson Martins

Production Assistant: Gabriella Contoli

DOT Coordination: Magali Wistefelt

Technical Center: Leandro Ferreira

Production Company

Production Company: Prodigo Films

Director: Daniel Klajmic

Executive Producer: Francesco Civita, Chico Pedreira, Rita Costa, Rafael de Paula (Assistant)

DOP: Azul Serra

Production Co-ordinator: Nathalie Gautier, Bruno Pirozzi

Post-production Coordinator: Tutu Mesquita, Priscilla Paduano

Coordination Team: Karla Fernandes, Fabiana Baptista, Nathalia Trindade, Lucas Pereira, Beatriz Soares

Post production Coordinator: Tutu Mesquita, Priscilla Paduano


Advertiser: Instituto Socioambiental

Executive Producer: André Villas-Bôas, Jurandir Craveiro, Bruno Weis


Music Production: Mike Vlcek, Hurso Ambrifi, Daniel Iasbeck, Thiago Colli


Editor: André Dias, AMC

Creative Agency

Creative Agency: J. Walter Thompson Brasil

Executive Creative Director: Cassio Moron and Rodrigo Da Matta

Creative Director: Mariana Borga

Art Director: Gabriella Marcatto, Caio Gandolfi, Marcelo Monzillo

Copywriter: Filipe Rosado and Diego Ferrite

Planner: Marcus Pesavento

CEO: Ricardo John

Client Services: Felipe Giacon (Head)

Account Management: Caio Sabag, Henrique Dal’Mas

Head of Media: Giovanna Venturelli

Media: Stella Lopes, Luca Lima, Juliana Magalhães, Larissa Isabelle and Renan Daniel

Head of Planning: Stella Pirani

Head of Production: Maísa Delgado

RTV Producer: Carolina Florentino, Lincoln Braga

PR: Andrea Assef, Vivian Zeni, Lívia Martins


Producer: Satélite

Sound Director: Kito Siqueira, Roberto Coelho

Editor: Celso Moretti, Ricardo Bertran, Luis Henrique de Oliveira, Adailton Matos

Audio Mix: Celso Moretti, Ricardo Bertran, Luis Henrique de Oliveira, Adailton Matos

Account Manager: Juliana Costa, Renata Costa

Production Coordination: Ana Cordeiro, Mariana Tardelli

Production Assistant: Ian Sierra, João Piccoli

Category: Corporate, Social and PSAs , Environment

Genre: Dialogue , Documentary , People , Scenic