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Impact Newsletter March 2024

Exciting News: Milestones Achieved for We Are Guardians Film!

We Are Guardians continues to find its way further out in the world and the film and impact team are excited to share some incredible updates from the past couple months:

1. Erol Foundation $200k Grant for Impact:

We are thrilled to share the exciting news that the We Are Guardians Impact Campaign has secured its first major grant of $200,000 from the Erol Foundation! This generous support not only serves as a vital financial boost but also plays a pivotal role in advancing our mission to aid the Tembé and Guajajara communities in sustaining their efforts to protect their lands, provide political training for their people, and engage in reforestation initiatives. These funds are instrumental in establishing our dedicated campaign team and providing essential support to Mídia Indigena, amplifying the impact of our collective endeavors.

2. Netflix Latin America Premiere:

On January 28th, the film officially made its debut on Netflix in Latin America and Brazil. This milestone marks a significant achievement for us, reaching a broader audience and amplifying the voices of those fighting to protect the Amazon. We are excited about the potential impact this global platform brings to the cause and look forward to sharing news of distribution in other regions soon.

3. Release Party at Aya Hub, Rosewood Hotel, São Paulo:

We celebrated this momentous occasion with an unforgettable release party on January 27th at the Aya Hub, Rosewood Hotel in São Paulo. The event, supported by Greenpeace Brasil, was a tremendous success, with over 300 attendees coming together to honor the film's message and mission. Special thanks to Marco Krapels for connecting us with Rosewood and AYA, and to the Rosewood and Aya Community for hosting us and providing such excellent support!

4. Cinema For Peace Green Film Award:

We Are Guardians received the Green Film Award at the prestigious International Cinema for Peace Gala in Berlin. This is a huge win for the Amazon and Indigenous peoples! Cinema for Peace awards are prizes awarded by the Cinema for Peace Foundation, a Berlin-based initiative that raises awareness for the social relevance of films. The Cinema for Peace Foundation brought directors Edivan, Rob and Chelsea to Berlin to attend the award ceremony and network with other attendees. Our executive producer Leonardo DiCaprio won a Green Film award in 2009 for "The 11th Hour." The award is akin to a "Green Oscar," offering a platform for environmental activists and dedicated artists to draw attention as well as strengthen and encourage the public conscience for environmental issues. At the Cinema for Peace Gala this year Hillary Rodham Clinton and former UN chief Ban Ki-Moon were present and honored for their work. This recognition underscores the power of We Are Guardians in driving awareness about the environmental challenges faced by the Amazon and its guardians.

5. West Coast Premiere at Santa Barbara IFF:

The film had its West Coast premiere at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival. We partnered with Amazon Watch, Artists for Amazonia, and Human Rights Watch to host an impactful reception following the film. The event was a highlight, and we had the pleasure of connecting with esteemed personalities in the industry. Notably, we had the honor of talking in depth with Mark Ruffalo and meeting Lily Gladstone, who not only appreciated our film but also expressed their support for the Amazon.

6. LA Screenings at CAA and WME: 

We hosted exclusive screenings in Los Angeles at Creative Artists Agency and William Morris Endeavor, attended by prominent figures such as Scottie Thompson and Bill Pullman. Their presence and support further elevated the impact of the film, opening up opportunities for crucial conversations about the issues highlighted in We Are Guardians. We wanted to give a special thanks and acknowledgement to our incredible partners at Random Good, Amazon Watch, If Not Us then Who, and Artists for Amazonia who helped make these events possible in Los Angeles. 

Other recent screenings:

  • Arizona premiere at Sedona International Film Festival 2/29 & 3/2

  • Austrian premiere Human Vision Film Festival

  • Educational screenings at Kingsborough / CUNY, UCLA, SDSU. At UCLA Edivan was able to attend with Rob and Chelsea in person for a discussion with students and the Brazilian Consulate’s Cultural Attaché. 


The following festivals and events are coming up, please join us and help spread the word!

You can always visit for the most updated event list and we are delighted to announce the launch of our new press page at We Are Guardians has been receiving significant media coverage, and we are eager to showcase these incredible appearances to raise awareness for the movement. We will regularly update the page as new articles and news items are published, so be sure to check back often to stay up-to-date with our latest features. 


Join Us in Matching Funds:

With the momentum building, we are now seeking potential partners to match funds and further propel the impact of We Are Guardians. Your continued support is instrumental in helping us achieve our goals and create lasting change. Please make a donation on our gofundme or set up a meeting with us to discuss further are In Latin American countries we have a special donation portal here.

As a valued supporter, we invite you to join us on this exciting journey. Your partnership will not only contribute to the success of our film but also make a meaningful difference in the ongoing efforts to protect the Amazon and its indigenous communities.

Thank you for being an essential part of our mission. We look forward to the continued success of We Are Guardians and the positive impact it will have on the world. We are ALL guardians!

In solidarity,

The We Are Guardians Team


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