The delegation made a groundbreaking stopover at the Cannes Film Festival this month. This international event offered an opportunity to express ourselves to a wide audience and to establish relationships with actors and directors committed to the environmental cause. In particular, the director Audrey Dana, who is actively supporting the 2023 tour with a dedicated documentary.
A FIRST POWERFUL MOMENT: WALKING UP THE STEPS OF CANNES
Friday the 19th May 2023 will remain engraved in the memory and heart of the Amazonian delegation. The ascent of the steps on the legendary red carpet of the Cannes Film Festival, under the applause of an enthusiastic public as Raoni made his entrance, delighted to be able to deliver his message in Europe and more particularly in France, was a moment full of symbols and emotions.
PRESS MEETINGS OFFERING A PLATFORM TO EXPRESS INDIGENOUS CONCERNS
The next day, a press lunch was held with several media, including RFI and RTL, on the Enfants Gâtés beach, a temporary beach set up for the occasion. During this meeting, the four personalities each shared their experience and answered the journalists' questions. They were able to discuss the issues facing indigenous tribes in the Amazon and raise awareness about the preservation of the rainforest ecosystem. Read these interviews here.
The following day, the whole delegation went to the Cannes Town Hall to meet Françoise Bruneteaux, Deputy Mayor for the Environment and Regional Councillor, providing further opportunity for a network of personalities to be built working towards the common objective of Amazon preservation.
This stay in Cannes was a unique opportunity to speak in front of a diverse international audience and share the concerns of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon, whose voice is often marginalised in global debates. Through their presence at the Cannes Film Festival, Raoni, Tapi and Watatakalu were able to attract attention and build relationships with actors, filmmakers and festival partners. For example, the delegation was also introduced to documentary filmmaker Audrey Dana on several occasions to support her in one of her filming projects.
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