Film Screening with Director, “Stepping Softly on the Earth.”

Looking for Ways out of the Amazon Crisis from an Indigenous Perspective

The Orfalea Center invites you to a special film screening of an incredibly powerful and timely documentary, Stepping Softly on the Earth, directed and produced by Marcos Colon, on October 26th, 2023 at 6:00 PM. This film screening will be followed by a Q&A session with the director. Discussants in this post-screening session will be Orfalea Center Research Fellow, and PhD Candidate in Sociology, Noa Cykman, and Professor Jeffrey Hoelle, from the department of Anthropology at UC Santa Barbara. This film will be shown at the UCSB MultiCultural Center Theater. 

This film screening is part of the International Conference, “The Future of the Amazon: A New Era of Indigenous Activism, Post-Carbon Environmental Models, and Latina American Partnerships with China and the Global South.” This international conference is hosted by the Orfalea Center for Global & International Studies at UC Santa Barbara. Please click HERE for conference details and the program. 

Please look below for a film synopsis and trailers available in English, Spanish and Portuguese subtitles. 


In the documentary “Stepping Softly on the Earth”, three Indigenous leaders from the Amazon try to keep their ways of being in the world alive. This is the story of Kátia, chief of the Akrãtikatêjê people, of Manuel, chief of the Munduruku people and of José Manuyama, a teacher of Kokama origin. The three narrate the threats to their territories promoted by large-scale mining, monoculture, oil extraction, logging and the construction of hydroelectric plants. Interconnected by the voice and ancestral thoughts of Ailton Krenak, these accounts of resistance present us with other ways of existing and walking in the world – Director, Marcos Colon

Trailer with English Subtitles

Trailer with Spanish Subtitles

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