The insider

Published: Monday 30 November -0001


Claura Anchio wants to film the few untouched natural resources in Chile. “I want to show the injustices that have been committed against indigenous communities,” she told the news agency. The 27-year-old is one of 20 people selected to attend the first ever course organized to teach filmmaking to Chile’s largest indigenous group: the Mapuches.

She was referring to a number of garbage dump plants near Mapuche lands in southern Chile. The filmmaker participated in Taiñ Azkintun (“Our View” in Mapuche), an initiative of the non-governmental Citizen’s Observatory and the Mapuche newspaper, Azkintuwe. “The idea is to train them to represent their community’s point of view,” Pedro Cayuqueo, editor of Azkintuwe, told ips.

Erwin Quizulef, a 32-year-old resident of Panguipulli, a lakeside town in southern Chile, said he was motivated to apply for the course “because irregularities committed by companies in Mapuche are not brought to public attention in the media.” Mapuche communities have accused Chile of “environmental racism” before the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.

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