People gather during the Kanua film festival in Ecuador.

Film festival makes its way through Ecuador’s Amazon by boat

Arts, Culture & Media

For the past few weeks, a floating film festival has been plying the waters of Ecuador’s Amazon region. The films are transported aboard a solar-powered boat. It stops in Indigenous communities along the rivers, sets up a projector, and shows films by and about Indigenous people around the globe.

mopeds and motorbikes lined up outside of a hotel

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Screenshot from "Cape Flats Kung Fu" by Eavesdrop.

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Planet Hip Hop
Paul Moposita (wearing blue tracksuit), his daughter Sisa and some of the members of Mugre Sur, a band he started more than 20 years ago. 

Ecuadorian group creates political hip-hop with bunnies and clowns

Planet Hip Hop
The capital Quito is the city in Ecuador that has received the biggest numbers of Venezuelan migrants. 

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Climate Change

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people outside building

Impeachment trial begins against Ecuador’s President Lasso

Conflict & Justice

​​​​​​​Ecuador’s National Assembly is debating the future of President Guillermo Lasso. If it votes to remove Lasso, it would be the first impeachment of an Ecuadorian president since the country’s return to democracy in 1979.

Children play in a flooded area of Leticia, Colombia, Feb. 14, 2017, located by the Amazon River, on the border with Brazil and Peru.

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Demonstrators ride trucks as they arrive to the capital to protest against the government of President Guillermo Lasso, in Quito, Ecuador, Monday, June 20, 2022. 

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Alex Lucitante and Alexandra Narváez were awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize for their work to preserve the rainforest in Ecuador's Amazon.

Indigenous activists in Ecuador’s Amazon win major environmental award for reclamation of native lands


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