The Tortoise and the Tapir


Yerba Buena Center for the Arts Fri, Sep 14, 2018 3:00 PM
Film Info
Director:Eliza Capai
Year of Production:2016
Premiere Status:USA Premiere
Topic:Clean Energy
Healthy Food Systems
Indigenous People
Wildlife Protection
Women's Environmental Leadership
Running Time:70 min.


Haunted by images of empty water reservoirs in the Brazilian southwest, filmmaker Eliza Capai tries to understand the gigantic constructions being built in the middle of the Amazon forest, including the imposing Bel Monte dam. Upstream, she finds spirited victory against hydro dam projects in neighboring Peru led by Goldman Environmental Prize Winner Ruth Buendia.

Expected Guest: Christian Poirier, Program Director, Amazon Watch

Community Partners: Amazon Watch; Greenpeace USA;

Eliza CapaiEliza Capai is an independent documentary filmmaker who focuses on social issues. Her first feature, Here Is So Far (2013), is based on encounters with women during a seven-month trip in Africa and won multiple awards at Brazilian festivals, including Best Feature at the Rio International Film Festival. Eliza is currently working on her third film, #OpenLetter, which is about the student takeover of schools in response to educational budget cuts in Brazil. Eliza is currently a fellow at MIT OpenDocLab.