Philippines: Holding Ground
For centuries, the Bontoc and Kalinga people have inhabited seemingly-impenetrable mountains just an hour north of Manila. They farm their rice on steep, narrow terraces, an ancient feat of engineering. In 1974, the World Bank was about to build an enormous hydro-electric dam on the Chico River, which the locals call the "River of Life." The dam would have flooded indigenous villages and displaced 10,000 families. By uniting in a passionate protest, these sometimes-warring tribes saved their environment and their way of life. This represents a collaboration with filmmakers Charles Drucker and Jeffrey Chester.
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