Mother Earth Festival

Fundación Gaia Pacha

This beautiful art design belongs to Pedro Condori from OMART and represents Mother Earth.  The figure in its shape is very similar to the famous Matryoshka russian dolls.  These dolls refers to a set of wooden dolls of decreasing size palced one inside the other.  This idea represents all the value that nature contains in it, such as fresh air, clean water, fertil soil, biodiversity, and culture. 


Mother Earth Day antecedent

The United Nations has declared Earth Day (April the 22nd) as the International Day of Mother Earth (



"International Mother Earth Day is a chance to reaffirm our collective responsibility to promote harmony with nature at a time when our planet is under threat from climate change, unsustainable exploitation of natural resources and other man-made problems. When we threaten the planet, we undermine our only home – and our future survival. On this International Day, let us renew our pledges to honour and respect Mother Earth."


Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Mother Earth Day 2013



This recognizes that Earth and all its ecosystems provide us life and livelihood along our existence. It also means that we, as humans, have a responsibility with our mother.  As set out in the 1992 Summit in Rio, we are supposed to promote harmony with nature and the Earth in order to achieve a balance among our economic, social, and environmental needs for present and future generations.  


Mother Earth Film & Culture Festival

The festival was inspired due toindifference of our society to the gradual destruction of our environment, the overuse of our resources and the direspect towards our natural heritage. This indifference is as big as our need of development and progress.  However, now is the time when the world population should react to tackle the negative effects of climate change, the origins of which have come from our unsustainable lifestyles and our ecological footprint.  

The government decisions regarding environmental and social degradation, companies' decisions to prioritize unsustainable production, and how different media channels promotes highly consumerist life patterns, have left us relegated to playing the role of spectators of a reality that is slowly putting our lives at risk.

As it is difficult to love and care what we don't know, we propose, as part of the celebration of Mother Earth Day, to host the Festival of Film and Culture in its name.  This festival invites people to get out of their comfort zone and stop being just spectators against the environmental injustice that we witness every day.  We believe that the message "Let's stop just being spectators!!" should reach the largest possible number of Bolivians.

Thus the Mother Earth Festival will be held in conjunction with the major global celebrations for the environment, starting his first version in the city of La Paz on April 22nd, and then in Santa Cruz with the World Environment Day on June the 5th this year.


What is this Festival About?

The Mother Earth Festival was thought to use the formula of art and culture with the environment. We believe that this approach will help to arouse the interest of the public in understanding the problem, know solutions from other parts of the world, and make decisions and actions to address the risks of environmental degradation and climate change.

Although the main attraction is the projection of top international films, the festival does not neglect local talent. Therefore, the Festival also invites local artists and civil society groups to share their artistic expressions such as audiovisual, graphics, photographs, and music among others. This will not only inspire and invite people to think globally, but also to act locally.


General Objective

Encourage the women and men from the cities of Santa Cruz and Cochabamba to promote environmental behavioral changes in order to heal Mother Earth.


Want to have a look at the films to be screened?




THRIVE is an unconventional documentary that lifts the veil on what's REALLY going on in our world by following the money upstream -- uncovering the global consolidation of power in nearly every aspect of our lives. Weaving together breakthroughs in science, consciousness and activism, THRIVE offers real solutions, empowering us with unprecedented and bold strategies for reclaiming our lives and our future.

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   A THIRSTY WORLD (La Sed del Mundo) 


After HOME and the Earth from Above series, Yann Arthus-Bertrand's 90' documentary film A THIRSTY WORLD, directed by Thierry Piantanida and Baptiste Rouget-Luchaire proposes another journey around the world.

This time, the famous photographer is looking at one of the major challenges to human survival: WATER. Today, against a backdrop of sharply increasing demand, growth in the world population and the growing impact of an unsettled climate, water has become one of the most precious natural resources of our planet.

Faithful to Yann Arthus-Bertrand's reputation, A THIRSTY WORLD, filmed in some 20 countries, reveals the mysterious and fascinating world of fresh water through spectacular aerial images shot in regions that are difficult to reach and rarely filmed, like Southern Sudan or Northern Congo. It also lets us discover the most beautiful landscapes on our planet, the lakes, rivers and wetlands created by water.

More information in its web-page: 








One Day on Earth is the first film made in every country of the world on the same day. We see both the challenges and hopes of humanity from a diverse group of volunteer filmmakers assembled by an participatory media experiment. The world is greatly interconnected, enormous, perilous, and wonderful.











Efigênia Ramos Rolim is a woman of 74 who was born in a village in Minas Gerais, Brazil. She lives from 15 years ago in the city Curitiba (Paraná), Brazil, to where she moved with her nine children and a sick husband. At the age of 60, after being widowed and raised their children, she becomes a popular artist. Her change comes in a time of uneasiness, when she suddenly sees a shiny object lying in the street which is mistaken for a jewel. She took it from the floor and discovers that it is a paper candy.

Efigênia saw her own reflection in that candy paper.  The poet emerges. She decides to dress with the remains of candy paper that people throw on the floor. The candy paper. A film that teaches us to live by example in harmony with our world.










Home is a 2009 documentary by Yann Arthus-Bertrand. The film is almost entirely composed of aerial shots of various places on Earth. It shows the diversity of life on Earth and how humanity is threatening the ecological balance of the planet.










  SOBRE LA MISMA TIERRA (Over the same land)


Sobre la misma tierra tells four stories that in actual fact is one story: Colombia. It's a story about people living between cornfields and gold mines, yucca and oil, who are suffering from the loss of their land, their life and their future. A story about reality, hope, forgetting and finding new strength in a place where life means nothing but fight for survival.









   Im Fluss des Lebens (En el Cause de la Vida - The River of Life)


A film about equilibrium on earth, between nature, human-beings, politics and the economy - about how all is connected. As 'World Wanderer', Gregor Sieboeck walked on foot for 3 years from his hometown in Austria to Tokyo and further on to New Zealand to discover ways for a simplified lifestyle. He now takes us on a fantastic journey to Patagonia Magica - one of the last wild places on this planet. Since his world hike he has been longing to go back to Patagonia, where the essence of our being can be directly felt. The wilderness around the beautiful Baker River,however, is soon to be destroyed to support the country's need for economic growth. It's time to be inspired and change from within.










The ancient Maya believed this present world would end and a new cycle arise after 5125 years.

How does the story end? Does the water change color? Do the oceans collapse? Does the sky fall as the last tree is cut?

HEART OF SKY, HEART OF EARTH allows the Maya of today to answer, following six young Maya in Guatemala and Chiapas through their daily and ceremonial life, revealing their determination to resist the destruction of their culture and environment. As corporations go to the ends of the earth to extract all value, all resources, they put forth a wholly indigenous perspective in their own words, without narration. Each story touches upon a facet of the current global crisis.

Beautifully filmed over years, the intimate accounts of the protagonists interweave with images associated with the fragile beauty of nature and the creation myth of the Popol Vuh. Ruins of a former Mayan civilization stand in the background as harbingers of our own possible fate. The Maya, like many indigenous people, believe they are the guardians of the Earth. Their cosmovision, in which all life is sacred and interconnected, presents a deeply compelling alternative to the prevailing worldview.  More information about the movie:





Opil is a plump, 8-year-old boy. In a desperate attempt to stop him from wolfing down junk food, his mother serves him a special dish: the wish fish. But Opil takes it as a joke and wishes that mutant aliens come to Earth and take away all of the fish from the planet. The following day, the wish is fulfilled...and then some!












Crocodox is a series of documentaries for children aged 8 and 12 ,, where they participate actively . In Crocodox, kids have the opportunity to express themselves, develop their critical thinking and analyze their environment, in order to understand the world: science, society, economy, music, environment, art ... They are the authors of each episode.

Crocodox isn’t just made for TV! It is a technologically advanced project with multiple entry points, such as touch devices (iPad or smartphones), workshops and live events (Crocodox Lab) as well as an online platform. Crocodox builds audience through an active community, that identifies with the brand and is familiar with new media.  More of Crocodoz in:





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Antecedente mundial


El 22 de Abril de cada año ha sido declarado como el Día Internacional de la Madre Tierra por las Naciones Unidas .  Esto supone el reconocimiento de que la Tierra y sus ecosistemas nos proporcionan la vida y el sustento a lo largo de nuestra existencia. También supone reconocer la responsabilidad que nos corresponde, como se expone en la Declaración de Río de 1992, de promover la armonía con la naturaleza y la Tierra a fin de alcanzar un justo equilibrio entre las necesidades económicas, sociales, y ambientales de las generaciones presentes y futuras.

Festival de Cine y Cultura Madre Tierra

El festival nace de la preocupación de que nuestra sociedad se acostumbró a ver con indiferencia la destrucción paulatina de nuestro entorno, de nuestros recursos y de nuestro patrimonio natural, a título de desarrollo y progreso.  Asimismo, es ahora cuando la población mundial debe reaccionar ante los efectos negativos del Cambio Climático que se originan a partir de nuestros estilos de vida insostenibles y con una huella ecológica cada vez más grande.

Las decisiones de los gobernantes respecto a la degradación ambiental y social, las decisiones de las empresas de priorizar la producción insostenible, y la forma en que los diferentes medios de comunicación promueven patrones de vida altamente consumistas, nos han relegado a jugar un rol de espectadores de una realidad que poco a poco está poniendo en riesgo nuestra vida.

Como es difícil amar y cuidar lo que no se conoce, nuestra propuesta, enmarcada en la celebración mundial del Día de la Madre Tierra es llevar acabo el Festival de Cine y Cultura Madre Tierra.  Este Festival invita a las personas a salir de su zona de confort y a dejar de ser espectadores frente a la injusticia ambiental que se vive actualmente.  Creemos que el mensaje “Dejemos de Ser Espectadores!!” debe llegar a la mayor cantidad de bolivianos posible.

Así, el Festival Madre Tierra se desarrollará coincidiendo con las principales celebraciones mundiales a favor del medio ambiente, iniciando su primera versión en la ciudad de La Paz el 22 de Abril y luego en Santa Cruz de la Sierra con el Día Internacional del Medio Ambiente el 5 de Junio del presente año.

¿De qué trata este Festival?

El Festival Madre Tierra está pensado en utilizar la fórmula del arte y la cultura con el medio ambiente.  Creemos que esta fórmula servirá para despertar el interés de la ciudadanía en comprender el problema, poder aprender de soluciones de otras partes del mundo, y tomar decisiones y acciones para enfrentar los riesgos de la degradación ambiental y el cambio climático.

Aunque el principal atractivo es la proyección de películas internacionales de primer nivel, el Festival no deja de lado a los talentos locales.  Por eso, dentro el diseño del Festival, se invita también a artistas locales y grupos civiles a compartir sus expresiones artísticas como obras audiovisuales, gráficas, fotográficas,  y musicales entre otras.  Esto, para inspirar e invitar a las personas en pensar globalmente pero también en actuar localmente.

Objetivo General
Sensibilizar a la mayor cantidad de mujeres y hombres de la ciudad de Santa Cruz de por lo menos siete distritos municipales de la ciudad para promover cambios de comportamientos más amigables con nuestra Madre Tierra, a través de un Festival de Cine que también incluya diferentes expresiones artísticas locales.