The 4th Annual Toronto Mapuche Solidarity Film Festival


4th Toronto Mapuche Solidarity Film FestivalIn memory of our Mapuche WEICHAFE [WARRIORS] MATIAS CATRILEO & ALEX LEMUN, & the many others (indigenous and non-indigenous) who have been murdered by the repressive forces of the Chilean State.


OISE – 252 Bloor Street West


Suggested donation $10 per day at the door (No one turned away for lack of funds)

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Speakers TBA!

Organized by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto] An OPIRG Toronto Action Group



6PM – Sewatokwa’tshera’t: The Dish with One Spoon, Six Nations/Turtle Island, 2008 (82 minutes).

Commemorating 10th anniversary since the Six Nations Reclamation of Kanonhstaton, WCCC [Toronto] proudly presents the screening of Sewatokwa’tshera’t: The Dish with One Spoon. We wish the most profound NEWEN to our Haudenosaunee sisters and brothers in the ongoing struggle against colonial encroachment.

We have the honour of having SPEAKERS from Six Nations of the Grand River Territory:

Janie Jameson, one of the founders of the Six Nations Reclamation site, Kanonhstaton, the protected place. 

Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill, Associate Professor at McMaster University and director of the film Sewatokwa’tshera’t: The Dish with One Spoon.

Outlining the intricate history of the Haudenosaunee Peoples, Dr. Dawn Martin-Hill depicts the process of indigenous self-governance, colonial displacement and resistance to ongoing encroachment in the film, Sewatokwa’tshera’t: The Dish with One Spoon. Culminating in the 2006 reclamation of the Douglas Creek Estates subdivision – Kanonhstaton (“the protected place”) – the film explores the development of Haudenosaunee nation to nation treaties with the Dutch and English Crowns, and the succeeding encroachment of the Canadian State on Six Nations land. The film features an intimate view into the events of the Six Nations Reclamation, including the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) raid on April 20th 2006, and neighbouring settler backlash/racism. The resilience of a community reflected in its youth, is seen through the Unity Run and Youth Declaration to the UN Assembly in 2007, following in the footsteps of Deskaheh for the next seven generations.

7:30PM – NGÜENÉN: The Deceit [El Engaño), Wallmapu, 2012 (81 minutes)

A documentary made by the directors of “El Despojo” (The Plunder) focusing on the international political dynamics of the “War on Terror,” and the counterintelligence strategies used to criminalize the Mapuche struggle for Autonomy and Territorial Reclamation. Lies and deceit are as old as war itself. The objective of these intelligence actions called “Psychological Operations” (or PsyOps) is to destroy the morale of the enemy and assure the approval of the population through propaganda, misinformation, manipulation, the fabrication of news, omission, decontextualization (etc). Everything to allow for a SETUP, since “to convince is to overcome.” Chilean Prosecutor, Mario Elgueta, whom was the alleged victim of an annihilating attack in southern Chile, was also a student in an FBI and CSIS antiterrorist course in Virginia USA. Later, the events became grounds for 17 Mapuche land defenders to face trial under the Antiterrorist Law, at first risking a total of up to 800 years in prison. Four bicentennials on the backs of those who oppose the arrogance of the Chilean State. A must see film on the ongoing criminalization of the indigenous Mapuche struggle.

9PM – Trick or Treaty, Turtle Island, 2014 (84 minutes).

This feature documentary by acclaimed filmmaker Alanis Obomsawin (Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance) profiles Indigenous leaders in their quest for justice as they seek to establish dialogue with the Canadian government. By tracing the history of their ancestors since the signing of Treaty No. 9, these leaders aim to raise awareness about issues vital to First Nations in Canada: respect for and protection of their lands and their natural resources, and the right to hunt and fish so that their societies can prosper. In recent years, an awareness-raising movement has been surfacing in First Nations communities. In this powerful documentary, those who refuse to surrender are given a chance to speak out.


SATURDAY, FEB 27th – OISE Rm 2211

3:30PM – Born in Gaza, Palestine, 2014 (78 minutes).

This Spanish documentary, shot in 2014, examines the effects of the Israel-Palestine conflict on Palestinian children. In July 2014, images of an air strike on a Gaza beach which killed four soccer-playing youngsters went global, prompting Spanish director Hernan Zin to fly in and shoot a documentary about the plight of Palestine’s children. The result is Born in Gaza, an inevitably powerful and depressing record of man’s inhumanity to its own offspring whose primary virtue is in retelling a story which constantly needs to be retold.

5PM – State of Siege, Uruguay/France, 1972 (121 minutes)

Costa-Gavras puts the United States’ involvement in Latin American politics under the microscope in this arresting thriller. An urban guerrilla group, outraged at the counterinsurgency and torture training clandestinely organized by the CIA in their country (unnamed in the film), abducts a U.S. official (Yves Montand) to bargain for the release of political prisoners; soon the kidnapping becomes a media sensation, leading to violence. Co-written by Franco Solinas, the electrifying State of Siege piercingly critiques the American government for supporting foreign dictatorships, while also asking difficult questions about the efficacy of radical violent acts to oppose such regimes.

6:30PM – Lucio, Spain/France, 2007 (93 minutes).

“The banks are the real crooks,” says Lucio Urtubia decisively. “They exploit you, take your money and cause all the wars.” Directed by Aitor Arregi and Jose Mari Goenaga, Lucio is an engaging portrait of the anarchist Lucio Urtubia, born in Northern Spain in 1931, and who deserted from the Spanish army during his military service, going on to work as a tiler in Paris, where he immersed himself in the world of the Spanish exiles. Rapidly inter-cut archive images, interview fragments and reconstructed impressions are used to look back on his incredible life. A meeting with the legendary Quico Sabaté (1915-1960) put Lucio on the anarchist path, whereby his talents as a forger of identity papers and currency came in particularly useful. His real anarchist nature is revealed in his highly particular, carelessly expressed visions of phenomena such as Franco, Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, the Black Panthers, May 1968 and the institution of marriage. Bringing the most powerful bank in the world to its knees, Lucio is a gripping story of how a working class brick layer can forge solidarity beyond sectarian lines for the liberation of peoples across the world.

8:30PM – A Good Day to Die, Turtle Island, 2010 (90 minutes)

Dennis Banks co-founded the American Indian Movement (A.I.M.) in 1968 to call attention to the plight of urban Indians in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The film presents an intimate look at Dennis Banks’ life beginning with his early experience in boarding schools, through his military service in Japan, his transformative experience in Stillwater State Prison and subsequent founding of a movement that, through confrontational actions in Washington DC, Custer South Dakota and Wounded Knee, changed the lives of American Indians forever.


CAM Claims Series of Actions Against Hydroelectric Dams and Forestry Companies in Wallmapu (Castellano abajo)


The Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict (CAM) communicates the following to our Mapuche Nation and public opinion the following:

Kiñe: We, the Pehuenche Lientur Organs of Territorial Resistance (ORT-CAM), claim the action against the worker’s kitchen installations of the Angostura Central Hydroelectric Dam, on the mourning of Sunday, January 24th. This action will be carried out once more on other installations of the same characteristics in the region.

Epu: At the same time, we claim all the actions carried out in Upper Bio-Bio, ancient Pehuenche territory. These actions have been carried out mainly against the Angostura and Piltrilon Hydroelectric Dams, property of the Colbun group under the Matte tycoon family estate.

Kula: We also claim the actions of sabotage, under the Nagche Pelentaro ORT-CAM, against the logging machinery in the Santa Elvira estate, in the township of Capitan Pastene, Lumaco. The actions were coordinated with the previous ones, carried out simultaneously.

Meli: With this we seek to demonstrate, as an organization, the continuation of our lines of action and resistance. We our permanent compromise for the reconstruction of our nation, we assume a frontal struggle against the expressions of Capitalism through the military actions by the ORT-CAM. At the same time, we are also strengthening our territorial and productive control of our ancient territory, fundamental elements to set the basis of our Mapuche national liberation.

Kechu: We further announce, that as the Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict, we give free range of action to our ORT-CAM. They therefore can define their actions according to their respective realities, respecting the ethics, norms and strategic political principles as an organization and as Mapuche.

Kayu: Finally, we call out to our communities to continue to struggle against capitalism. To dignify our condition as a Mapuche Nation. To resist and reconstruct our own paths.



January 2016

Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Communities in Conflict (CAM)

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]



La Coordinadora de Comunidades en Conflicto Arauco Malleco (CAM) comunican a nuestro Pueblo Nación Mapuche y a la opinión pública lo siguiente:

Kiñe.- Reivindicamos la acción, a cargo de nuestro ORT-CAM Pehuenche Lientur, en contra de las instalaciones que servían de cocina para los trabajadores de la Central Hidroeléctrica Angostura, realizada en la madrugada del domingo 24 de enero, la cual se reutilizaría en otra faena de las mismas características en la zona.

Epu.- A su vez reivindicamos todas las acciones realizadas en la zona del Alto Bio – Bio, territorio ancestral pehuenche. Acciones que están principalmente dirigidas, en contra de las centrales hidroeléctricas Angostura, propiedad de grupo Colbun, por tanto de la familia Matte y de la central Pitrilon.

Kula.- También reivindicamos la acción de sabotaje, a cargo de nuestro ORT-CAM Nagche Pelentaro, en contra de maquinaria forestal en el Fundo Santa Elvira, del sector de Capitán Pastene, Lumaco. Acción que se coordinó con la anterior, desarrollándose de manera paralela.

Meli.- Con esto queremos demostrar, que como organización, daremos continuidad a nuestras líneas de acción y resistencia, ejerciendo nuestro permanente compromiso por reconstruirnos como pueblo nación, asumiendo la lucha frontal contra las expresiones del capitalismo, a través de acciones militares asumidas por los ORT-CAM y también profundizando el control territorial y productivo de nuestro territorio ancestral, elementos fundamentales para asentar las bases de la liberación nacional mapuche.

Kechu.- Anunciamos, además, que como Coordinadora de Comunidades en Conflicto Arauco Malleco, daremos libertad de acción a nuestros ORT-CAM, los cuales podrán definir sus acciones de acuerdo a sus criterios, respetando nuestras ética, normas y fundamentos políticos estratégicos como organización y mapuche.  

Kayu: Finalmente hacemos un llamado a nuestras comunidades a seguir luchando en contra del capitalismo, dignificar nuestra condición de pueblo nación, a resistir y reconstruir nuestro propio camino. 



Coordinadora de Comunidades en Conflicto Arauco Malleco, CAM.


Wallmapu, Enero de 2016.

CAM: “Our Struggle will Give Continuity to National Reconstruction in Wallmapu, to Expulse Capitalism Definitively”

Conflicto mapuchePublic Communique (Castellano Abajo)

The Coordinator of Mapuche Communities in Conflict (CAM) communicate the following to our Mapuche Nation and public opinion:

Kiñe: A land reclamation process has begun in the Choque Estate in the area of Paillaco, province of Arauco this past December 19th, encompassing more than 10,000 hectares of land that are currently in the hands of Mininco Forestry Incorporate. This territorial reclamation process has been carried out by our organization, which will take on a productive character as well as incorporate territorial, cultural, spiritual, and political aspects of Mapuche cosmology. This includes the dismantling of artificial forests, and preparation of farm work.  At the same time, these actions enable the ngellatuwe and paliwe, continuing our path towards autonomy and national Mapuche liberation in response to continuous usurpation and repression, as well as demonstrating our political, ideological, cultural responsibilities as Mapuche Peoples.

Epu: We will assume resistance as an integral action, respecting our Mapuche normative ethics, referring to our Mapuche laws (Mapu Ka Ad Mogen), defense (Introfil Mongen), and principles (feyentun) as people with norms and values (Pu Noche). We are therefore recomposing the respect to our traditional authorities, ways of life, relations and mode of production for survival.

Kula: This action, under the framework of national reconstruction based on territorial control, intends to deepen aspects that are being abandoned by other expressions of the Mapuche movement and their communities. We state this conscientiously, since there have been reclamation processes that have focused on the mercantile production, centering solely on the commercialization of wood. This is problematically linked to extractive processes, creating vital contradictions with our worldview as Mapuche autonomists, deviating the movement. It is for this reason that we should situate productive occupations with a focus on sustainability, integrity and coherence with our Mapuche cosmology.

Meli: Our compromise with the struggle will give continuity to national reconstruction from a socio-political perspective, in which we confront the advances of Capitalism in Wallmapu in order to expulse it definitively. Particularly, against forestry companies and mega hydroelectric projects as well as against the Chilean State through its various military operations. Therefore, the Groups of Territorial Resistance (ORT) of our organization will continue the actions of sabotage on ancient Mapuche territory.

Keechu: Therefore, it is our duty as the CAM is to sharpen and strengthen our political and territorial autonomy as a nation, through the consolidation of our own process of self-affirmation, action and direct struggle. In this way, resisting any form of subjugation, which strengthen contradictions and antagonisms, assuming the challenges of the struggle with dignity, while distancing ourselves from State intervention and market logic.

Kayu: We call on our Nation to define a proposal for resistance, territorial reclamation and national composition, which should not include those that promote greater divisions and confrontation between our people and communities. We speak of struggles that do not fall into mobster-like deviations, sects and paramilitary expressions, which generate actions that contradict our perspective of political action. These include the theft of lumber and animals between our own people, or armed actions and harassment against poor [non-Mapuche] peasants. The rectification of these actions is also our responsibility in order to reconstruct our Mapuche nation.

Regle: Lastly, in the days leading up to new commemoration of the murder of Weichafe [Warrior] Matias Catrileo, we remember our Peñi [Brother] by stating that the best homage we can pay is to continue the resistance struggle.




December, 2015

Arauco Malleco Coordinator of Mapuche Communities in Conflict (CAM)

Distributed by: The Women’s Coordinating Committee for a Free Wallmapu [Toronto]



La Coordinadora de Comunidades en Conflicto Arauco Malleco (CAM) comunican a nuestro Pueblo Nación Mapuche y a la opinión pública lo siguiente:

Kiñe.- Que el pasado sábado 19 de diciembre se ha dado inicio a un proceso de recuperación en el Fundo Choque sector Paillaco, provincia de Arauco, el cual consta de más de 10.000 hectáreas, y que hoy se encuentra en manos de la empresa Forestal Mininco. Este proceso de recuperación territorial será asumido por nuestra organización, en donde las acciones principales serán de carácter productivo y la perspectiva de recuperación no será tan solo territorial, sino también cultural, espiritual y política. Acompañado de trabajos de desmonte, limpieza para chacras, lo que incluye roces. A su vez, la habilitación de ngellatuwe y paliwe, dando continuidad así, a nuestro camino hacia la autonomía y la liberación nacional mapuche, como respuesta frente a la usurpación, la represión y nuestra responsabilidad política, ideológica y cultural como mapuche.     

Epu.- Asumiremos nuestra resistencia desde una acción integral y respetando nuestra normativa y ética como mapuche, referido a nuestro ad mapu ka ad mogen y la defensa de nuestro introfil mongen, considerando nuestros principios y feyentun, entendiéndonos como personas con valores y normas, pu norche. Recomponiendo el respeto que se debe a nuestras autoridades ancestrales, perspectiva de vida, relaciones y modelo de producción de subsistencia.    

Kula.-  Que esta acción, enmarcada en nuestra reconstrucción nacional basada en el control territorial, intenta profundizar aspectos que están siendo abandonados por otras expresiones del movimiento mapuche y comunidades, y esto lo decimos con mucha responsabilidad, debido a que se llevan procesos con un enfoque o tendencia productiva mercantil, centrado solo en el madereo y su comercialización. Lo que se encuentra profundamente relacionado al modelo extractivita, lo que genera contradicciones vitales con nuestro quehacer como mapuche autonomistas, desperfilando así el movimiento. Es por lo anterior que debemos situar las ocupaciones productivas con un enfoque de mayor sustentabilidad, integralidad y  coherencia con nuestra concepción como mapuche.     

Meli.- Que nuestro compromiso de lucha dará continuidad a la reconstrucción nacional desde una perspectiva socio-política, en donde confrontaremos los avances del capitalismo en wallmapu, para lograr su  expulsión definitiva. Particularmente en contra de las empresas forestales y megacentrales hidroeléctricas, también en contra del  estado chileno, a través de operaciones militares, por tanto, los Órganos de Resistencia Territorial (ORT) de nuestra organización, seguirán con las acciones de sabotaje en territorio ancestral mapuche.

Kechu.- Por tanto nuestro deber, como CAM, es afianzar y fortalecer nuestra autonomía política y territorial como nación, a través de la consolidación de un proceso propio de autoafirmación, acción y lucha frontal, resistiendo cualquier forma de sometimiento, profundizando las contradicciones y antagonismos, asumiendo con dignidad los desafíos de esta lucha, tomando también distancia de la intervención del Estado chileno y a la lógica empresarial.

Kayu: Hacemos un llamado a nuestro pueblo nación a definir una propuesta de resistencia, recuperación territorial y recomposición nacionalitaría. Propuestas que no debieran incluir acciones que tiendan a generar mayores divisiones y confrontación entre nuestra gente y comunidades. Hablamos de expresiones de luchas sin caer en desviaciones que impliquen actitudes mafiosas , sectas y expresiones paramilitares, que generen  actos que riñen con nuestra perspectiva de la acción política, como por ejemplo; el robo de madera y animales a nuestra propia gente, o acciones armadas y de amedrentamiento a campesinos pobres. La rectificación de aquello, también constituye un deber para la reconstrucción nacional mapuche.

Regle: Por último queremos, a días de una nueva conmemoración del asesinato de nuestro weichafe Matías Catrileo, recordar a nuestro peñi y plantear que el mayor homenaje que podemos realizar es continuar con nuestra lucha de resistencia.     





Coordinadora de Comunidades en Conflicto Arauco Malleco, CAM.



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