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May 03 2018

“When Two Worlds Collide” Blog

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Synopsis of “When Two Worlds Collide”

“When Two Worlds Collide” is a documentary chronicling the opposition between the Peruvian government and the indigenous people over the Amazonian rainforest. Peruvian president, Alan Garcia, pushed for the development of the Peruvian Amazon. He called for the extraction of its natural resources while taking the land of the indigenous people. Alberto Pizango organized people from different indigenous tribes to protest this unconstitutional taking of land. After failed attempts at a compromise, the indigenous tribes organized a strike. This opposition between Garcia and Pizango, led to an over fifty-day strike which turned into mass violence. There was a loss of more than 100 native civilians and 14 policemen were killed.

Overview of Development in the Amazon

The Peruvian Amazon is the area of the Amazon rainforest that is included within the country of Peru. Peru has the second-largest portion of the Amazon rainforest after the Brazilian Amazon and is one of the most biodiverse places on Earth. This region comprises sixty percent of the country, yet only five percent of Peruvians live in the Peruvian Amazon. However, the Peruvian Amazon is home to many indigenous tribes, including the Aguaruna, Cocama-Cocamilla and the Urarina. These people have lived in isolated in the Peruvian Amazon for countless generations and they depend on the natural resources that the rainforest provides them.