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We Are Guardians: Private Film Screening

  • When
  • September 21, 2023
    6:00–8:00 p.m. (EDT)
  • Where
  • Open Society Foundations, 224 West 57th Street, New York, NY 10019
  • Speakers
  • Chelsea Greene, Rob Grobman, Edivan Guajajara, and Frederico Menino

Note: This event is now full. No further RSVPs are being accepted.

Few places epitomize the polycrisis of the Anthropocene as fully as the Amazon rainforest. Home to one-fifth of the world’s fresh water and one-tenth of the planet’s biodiversity, this seven million square mile region will play a large role in defining the fate of humanity over the coming decades. From Kyoto to Paris, the growing consensus is that for human life to remain viable on Earth, we must urgently find ways to keep the forest standing.

In the meantime, while scientists, artists, and demagogues deliberate over the end of the world as we know it, longtime residents of the Amazon have taken matters into their own hands. We Are Guardians documents the ongoing fight of local indigenous groups against the destruction of the forest and their ways of living. With unique footage from some of the most violent and remote territories in the region, the film sheds new light on the intricate disputes involving natives, farmers, loggers, miners, and their seemingly incompatible global networks and worldviews. In doing so, this not-yet-premiered documentary re-ignites questions at the core of Open Society’s mission in the age of the Anthropocene.

Doors will open for this in-person, private screening of We Are Guardians at 5:45 p.m., and space is limited. The screening will begin at 6:00 p.m., followed by a Q&A with the film’s directors and a small reception.


  • Chelsea Greene


    Chelsea Greene is co-director and producer of We Are Guardians.

  • Rob Grobman


    Rob Grobman is co-director and producer of We Are Guardians

  • Edivan Guajajara


    Edivan Guajajara is co-director and producer of We Are Guardians.

  • Frederico Menino


    Frederico Menino is a senior program officer in Open Society’s Education and Ideas Collaborative.

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