Our ambassadors are the driving force of the movement

Our work is only possible with the support of our ambassadors. They are the faces of the movement and facilitate storytelling workshops to indigenous communities in the local spoken language. The workshops are empowering communities to tell first hand stories and use the content to document the unsustainable practices and use this content as a proof of evidence to reclaim their forest territories through judicial procedures.

Meet The Ambassadors

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Cristóbal was raised in the south of Chile, in a beautiful province surrounded by active volcanoes and ancient forests. His passion for photography and filmmaking has taken him to places like the Andes in South America, the Dolomites in the Italian Alps, East Africa and the mountains of British Columbia. He is the founder of the production company ‘Pachamama’ which focuses on creating documentaries and films that have a positive impact. He truly believes in the power of images to inspire change and excited to help indigenous people defend their land through filmmaking and photography.

Brittany Mumma

Our work is only possible with the support of our ambassadors. They are the faces of the movement and facilitate storytelling workshops to indigenous communities in the local spoken language. The workshops are empowering communities to tell firsthand stories and use this content as a proof of evidence to reclaim their forest territories through judicial procedures.

Meet The Ambassadors

Cristóbal Ruiz
Brittany Mumma
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Cristóbal was raised in the south of Chile, in a beautiful province surrounded by active volcanoes and ancient forests. His passion for photography and filmmaking has taken him to places like the Andes in South America, the Dolomites in the Italian Alps, East Africa and the mountains of British Columbia. He is the founder of the production company ‘Pachamama’ which focuses on creating documentaries and films that have a positive impact. He truly believes in the power of images to inspire change and is excited to help indigenous people defend their land through filmmaking and photography.

Growing up in the mountains of Alaska, Brittany Mumma developed a passion for adventure early on. Brittany is a National Geographic published photographer and distinguished producer with her photography appearing in national and international publications and her work with brands and television networks delivering high-quality content across media platforms globally. Brittany’s ability to collaborate, adapt and produce results in difficult environments has led to successful projects with National Geographic, Range Rover, DJI, Vertical Magazine, The North Face, Outdoor Channel and Outside Magazine. Mumma believes in the power of media and the ability to create positive change.

Kynan Tegar
Ibtisem Ben Nassib
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Kynan Tegar is a young filmmaker from the Dayak Iban community from Sungai Utik, West Kalimantan. He is homeschooled and makes films. He has pursued his passion for photography, videography, nature and learning the in-depth culture of the Iban people since a very young age. He has done this by living in the local traditional longhouse and learning about the ancestral knowledge from the adat leader Apay Janggut, who defended the community fiercely from illegal logging.

Ibtisem Ben Nassib is a modern-day Scheherazade and a firm believer in the power of storytelling. She is inspired by everyday life and personal experiences. Of mixed heritage, she’s culturally diverse in her understanding and appreciation towards the world around her. An award-winning filmmaker with a strong love for people and nature, she aspires to produce narratives that impact the world in a positive and empowering way. Her work has been featured globally from HBO to MTV Africa. She is currently based in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and continuously strives to create stories with people from all walks of life through her production company Red Sahara.

Todd Southgate
Kamikia Kisedje
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Todd Southgate is an award-winning environmental filmmaker with over 25 years filming and producing video shorts and feature documentaries which chronicle the many ecological conflicts and challenges faced by an ever burdened and plundered planet. Though Canadian, he has embraced Brazil as his home for over 20 years and focuses much of his film-making work on telling stories from the heart of the Amazon rainforest and working closely with indigenous peoples, trying to bring awareness to just how important this forest is to the rest of the world.  Throughout his career, he has worked with Greenpeace, International Rivers, Conservative International, and James Cameron’s Avatar Alliance Foundation.

Trained as an indigenous filmmaker through “Vídeo nas Aldeias”, Kamikia Kisedje became an indigenous filmmaker using his online channels to document indigenous movements and demonstrations in Brazil. Thanks to his wide participation in the indigenous movement and his dedication on the issue of climate change, he has turned into a guide for several people and apprentice filmmakers, providing audio-visual workshops across the country. His career as photographer, cinematographer and film editor has taken him through different regions of Brazil and the world, following indigenous movements and activists. He is now working as a filmmaker for “Associação Indígena Kisêdje” and “Associação Terra Indígena do Xingu”.

Misha Vallejo
Nádia Pontes
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Misha is an audio-visual storyteller whose work lies between documentary and art photography. In 2014, he completed his MA in Documentary Photography at the University of the Arts London. Among other distinctions, he won the 2020 Documentary Production Funds of the Ecuadorian Institute of Cinema and Audiovisual Creation for his first documentary feature film. His editorial and personal work has been published in The New York Times Lens, VICE, GEO, Esquire and many others. He has given talks and workshops in photography and audiovisual storytelling in Latin America and Europe, a highlight of which was his participation at the 3rd Latin American Colloquium of Photography in Mexico City, 2018.

Nádia Pontes is a Brazilian journalist with 18 years of experience. She works as a correspondent for Deutsche Welle, a German public broadcaster, focusing on the Amazon rainforest, indigenous peoples, environmental disasters and climate change. Her work as a correspondent led her to a variety of events, such as the scientific expedition to the area known as Amazon´s Reef, environmental disasters caused by mining activities in Minas Gerais state, the forest fires in the Amazon, and an indigenous gathering organized by chief Raoni, the most important indigenous leader in Brazil. Nadia received a variety of awards for her work as a journalist with the Rainforest Journalism Fund 2019, the Berlin Science Communication Award 2017, and the UNDP Storytelling Contest 2015 among others. 

Iman Nurhidayat
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Iman is a filmmaker from Indonesia, interested in the lives of indigenous communities and culture. He has covered a variety of topics on environmental issues, indigenous tribes, and forest destruction. In addition to mastering the camera, Iman has also been involved as a sound man in several documentary film productions with Indonesia Nature Films Society, Cornel Lab of Ornithology and Hornbills Indonesia. Iman has broad experience in teaching the art of film to young indigenous community members from Jayapura and Sorong among others.

Tanin Kayvan
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Growing up her walls were plastered with photos from around the world that she had ripped out magazines. Tanin Kayvan is a photographer and environmentalist who advocates for indigenous communities. Always looking to educate, observe, and challenge her own biases, she seeks discomfort and adventure. Her adventures have taken her across Asia and beyond where she has worked and traveled with various tribal and nomadic communities. At the heart of her work she strives to bridge the gap of separation through understanding. As a result she has collaborated with organizations who share the same vision such as the Jimmy Nelson Foundation and UNESCO. With a background in Anthropology, she will soon begin her studies in Documentary Practice at the International Center of Photography in New York. 

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