In Hannawa Falls, NY - Haudenosaunee Territory

Log Line / Trama
From resisting pipeline construction to raising native bees, Earth Guardians are planting the seeds for a regenerative future. As the world burns, their actions spell the difference between Burning and Breathing.​​​​​​​
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A través de Abya Yala / el continente Americano, comunidades están plantando las semillas de un futuro y una economía sostenible. Resistiendo la construcción de oleoductos y criando abejas nativas, est@s Guardianes de agua y tierra son l@s héroes que hacen la diferencia entre un planeta que respira y una tierra que quema.
The feature documentary, “Burning or Breathing,” follows Earth Guardians on their quest to create sustainable and regenerative environmental solutions. Our goal is to champion the voices of the leaders on the frontlines of this climate emergency. These inspiring figures include Winona Laduke, members of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe Environment Division, Antigua River Sentinels and tropical Melipona bee-keepers.
In a voyage that traverses Turtle Island / North America, the Talking Wings Productions weaves together narratives of ecological resistance. From century old trees to diminutive bees, they meet the earth guardians who are creating sustainable alternatives to the global emergency. From the battle to stop the Enbridge Extension Pipeline in Minnesota, to resisting dam construction in Veracruz, these leaders protect the land on which their communities have lived for millennia. Likewise, their communities are working proactively, to create a green and restorative economy of the future, an economy that honors the living memory of land and water.
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El documental, “Los guardianes de agua y tierra,” sigue comunidades a través de Abya Yala / America en su lucha para crear una economía que respeta el ambiente y garantiza un futuro para las nuevas generaciones. Nuestro objetivo es representar a los voces de este movimiento, documentando sus batallas y logros.  Estos Guardianes incluyen a la economista Ojibwe Winona Laduke, ecologistas de la comunidad Mohawk de Akwesasne, centinelas de los ríos de Mesoamérica y Meliponicultores (el cuidado de abejas sin aguijón) de los Trópicos.
Salvaguardando aguas sagradas y criando abejas nativas, l@s Guardianes de Agua y Tierra están luchando por crear alternativas sostenibles para la actual emergencia global. Desde la lucha en contra de la construcción del oleoducto Enbridge Extension en Minnesota, hasta el movimiento para proteger al río Antigua en Veracruz, este documental comparte la visión de los guardianes que protegen la tierra que ha sido el hogar de sus comunidades por milenios. Al mismo tiempo, estas comunidades están luchando para crear la economía regenerativa del futuro, una economía que honra la memoria de su tierra y su agua.

Dam along the Raquette (Ahnawatte) River, Hannawa Falls, NY - Haudenosaunee Territory

Multi-Media
Our documentary will be accompanied by a website. This online platform will weave together the different movements and struggles. Stories from across the continent will unite in a tapestry of resistance and growth. All the interviews that don’t make it in the documentaries final cut, will be included in the website, where everyone can follow the stories of the Guardians of Earth and Water.
El documental será acompañado por un sitio web, que servirá como una red, una telaraña que interconecta a todos estos movimientos. En este portal digital, las diferentes historias se unirán en un enjambre de resistencia y transformación. Todas las entrevistas que no terminan en el documental serán incluidas en el sitio web, donde tod@s podrán seguir las historias del l@s Guardianes de Agua y Tierra. 

Water drops reflecting the sky in Haudenosaunee Territory

Our Project / Nuestro Equipo
We are the Talking Wings Collective, a group of environmental artists and filmmakers, currently working on the film Burning or Breathing. Our core team is primarily comprised of the Co-Directors, Veronica Blake Lavia and Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo, and the Producer Alejandro Beltrán Cordero. We are also collaborating with the Co-Producers Suez Taylor, a filmmaker from Nine Muses Productions, and Robert Blake, from the indigenous lead Solar Bear renewable energy initiative. Our sound designer is Dr. Ruaidhri Mannion, an Irish composer who is currently working with the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition we will also feature songs from the storyteller and musician, Honorio Robledo.
We are the Talking Wings Collective, a group of environmental artists and filmmakers, currently working on the film Burning or Breathing. Our core team is primarily comprised of the Co-Directors, Veronica Blake Lavia and Tzintzun Aguilar-Izzo, and the Producer Alejandro Beltrán Cordero. We are also collaborating with the Co-Producers Suez Taylor, a filmmaker from Nine Muses Productions, and Robert Blake, from the indigenous lead Solar Bear renewable energy initiative. Our sound designer is Dr. Ruaidhri Mannion, an Irish composer who is currently working with the London Symphony Orchestra. In addition we will also feature songs from the storyteller and musician, Honorio Robledo.

Planting a Oak Seed along the Raquette (Ahnawatte) River, Hannawa Falls, NY - Haudenosaunee Territory

Fundraising / Recolectando Fondos
We are currently fundraising to build the website and continue with the documentary production. We have currently raised $12,200 in private donations this year and were awarded $9,970 from the St. Lawrence Arts Collaborative Grant, and $1,500 from Humanities New YorkWe have thus already raised $22,570 of the $70,000 required to continue our journey to Minnesota and the St. Regis Nation and the building the website. Your donation will allow us to tell these vital stories and share the Earth Guardian’s vision of regenerative change with the world.
Estamos recolectando fondos para crear el sitio web y continuar con la producción del documental. Hasta este momento hemos recolectado $11,100 en donaciones privadas y vencimos $9,970 de St. Lawrence Arts Collaborative Grant y $1,500 de Humanities New York. Hemos ya recolectado $22,570 de los $70,000 que se requieren para seguir con la producción del documental en Minnesota y la Nación St. Regis, y la construcción del sitio web. Su donación nos permitirá seguir contando estas historias vitales e impulsar cambios regenerativos en el mundo.​​​​​​​
Talking Wings is a sponsored project of Fractured Atlas, a non-­profit arts service organization. Contributions for the charitable purposes of Talking Wings must be made payable to "Fractured Atlas" only and are tax-deductible to the extent permitted by law.
Talking Wings está patrocinado por Fractured Atlas, una organización non-profit que patrocina artistas y grupos artísticos.  Contribuciones a Talking Wings por fines caritativos deben ser pagables solamente a “Fractured Atals” y son deductibles de los impuestos.
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