Anecdotes

Filming anecdotes

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Behind-the-scenes secrets

France, November 22, 2015

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”Is it over?”
”I think it is, that’s what they seemed to be saying earlier. They looked a little sad.”
”Yay!! At last! Let’s celebrate!!”
”I’m so glad it’s over! I was sick of it… They harassed us daily for ten months, I was about to go on strike.”
”Me too! When I was shipped to Geneva I thought a little old lady would buy me and use me on week-ends to take a few pictures of the ducks on the lake and then let me rest all week. But no, instead I was forced to film, take pictures, film, take more pictures, film some more, it was never ending…”
”And the working conditions were far from easy!”
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”Tell me about it… We toasted under the sun in Costa Rica and nearly suffocated in the Amazonian heat and humidity…”
”What about the altitude? I can’t even count the hours I spent working above 11,500 feet! Remember La Paz? We were at an altitude of 13,000 feet, I thought my hard drives would certainly choke to death…”
”I think the worst was the heat though…”
”I know! It shouldn’t be allowed to make us film for hours, in the middle of the summer, on the coast, under the midday sun… It’s a violation of filming equipment rights.”
”And of the sound recording equipment! We were there too!”
”And then all of a sudden we were in Alaska. Why would they do that? It was freezing out there!! I was cold for weeks!”
”I actually froze, remember? They left me outside in the middle of the night to make a time lapse of the stars and northern lights. There was frost on my lense!”01-02 ok

”How about their first interview, in the Mapuche community, when they forgot us in a bag? How did they think they were going to manage without us, the microphone cables? At that time I thought they must be morons…”
”Hey, but it’s over now, we’re on vacation!”
”For all we know, we might be retired!”
”In any case, let’s carry a toast to our well deserved rest!”

”What’s wrong Little Camera? You don’t look very happy.”
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”We thought you’d be the happiest one of us to be on vacation. Weren’t you sick of them calling you ‘Little Camera’ when they kept calling me ‘Big Camera’? It’s over now, you should celebrate!’’
”No, I don’t want to celebrate. I’m not glad to go home and I’m not glad it’s over.”
”Why not?”
”I really don’t get why you guys are complaining. You make it sound like you were forced to interview some boring old politician for hours, or film a 52 minute documentary about selfie sticks! ‘It was too hot, too cold, too damp…’ Is that all you remember?

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Don’t you recall our meeting with a Mapuche chief in the South of Chile? He told us all about his story, his people, his will to preserve his culture and his traditions, and his determination to keep mining and foresting companies out of his territory.

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And what about the Mosetens in Bolivia? Have you already forgotten about the children of San Luis Grande and Gredal, those tiny villages nested in the Amazon rainforest? They ran around carefree, never suspecting their villages might be flooded by the construction of a dam. You don’t realize how lucky we were to meet them, do you?

Did you also forget about the Costa Rican fishermen? Didn’t it make you happy to know they’re getting organized to fight off industrial fishing boats and maintain their rights?

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And Alberta, in Alaska? She shared her childhood memories with us, told us about her nomadic way of life, the spring, summer, fall and winter camps. You can’t possibly have forgotten such an interesting and precious story !

Just like Lee’s, when he told us about the tribe’s efforts to maintain the old ways, after all they have suffered.
In the end, it’s always the same story: the Europeans arrived, spread diseases, stole lands, forced their culture upon the Native populations, etc.

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Wasn’t it positive though to meet all these people who are fighting to maintain their identity and their lifestyle? It’s even more positive when you consider their lifestyle is far more sustainable than ours… That’s what I remember, and I can’t understand you Big Camera when you say you regret not having stayed in Geneva to take duck pictures…”

”Well, if you take good pictures, ducks are an interesting subject you know.’’
”Aaaaargh! Stop saying that! I feel like I’ve changed during these 10 months. It’s like I’ve been opened and filled with emotions, memories, knowledge and desires. I’m full to the brim with an energy I never had before. When I think about all we’ve lived, heard and seen, I can’t help being teary-eyed. And all you talk about are ducks…’’
”You only say that because you don’t like ducks. I remember when you pretended to have run out of batteries when they wanted to use you to take a picture of a duck. I you liked ducks, you would …”
”I agree with Little Camera!”
”What? Don’t start 50mm Lens! You don’t like ducks either?”
”It’s not a question of ducks. I was reading an article earlier in the backpack, about France looking for oil in the Mozambique Channel, and it was kind of depressing. Then I thought of all the wonderful people we met and it made me feel better. 01-07ok

Somehow, it’s nice to think of Señora Mela, making delicious bread or preparing fresh fish in her home in Caleta Huellelhue. I imagine the weather is nice, the river is flowing calmly, and all is peaceful.

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And then I think of Leoncio and his uncle, in Gredal, chewing on coca leaves for hours, watching the stars and listening to the sounds of the jungle, fully awake for the night.

And then there’s Jacob, in Alaska, fishing salmon early in the morning, surrounded by bright autumn colors. When he catches enough, he’ll go home and gut the salmon and prepare it for smoking, just like they did in the old days.

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Thinking of them makes me feel better. They represent a kind of silent rebellion against the western way of life that respects neither the environment nor Native cultures. They are showing us worldwide that there exists another path towards the future, and it runs parallel to the 8-lane freeway most of us are riding on. It brings me hope to know that.”

”Hmmm, I guess you’re right. It’s true we had a great time these past ten months. I think I might also be sad it’s over…”
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”You’re right, I guess I would’ve been bored out of my mind taking pictures of ducks… Maybe I’m just trying to reassure myself into thinking little things like ducks can also be fun. But you’re right, I’m going to miss the blue glaciers, the green Northern Lights, the Andean volcanoes, the Pacific Ocean, the dense tropical jungle, the toucans, bears, parrots, otters, tiny frogs, eagles, and everything else. Come to think of it, I’m actually sad too.
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”Hey, what’s going on? Something’s moving!”
”Oh no, we’re out of the bag again!”
”Arrrgh, it’s night out, I’ll bet we’re off to make a time-lapse of the stars again! Don’t they have enough of those? Plus it’s really cold out and it’s going to take forever!”
”And tomorrow we’ll probably have to sit in the sun for hours and hours… It would’ve been more comfortable staying in Geneva and taking duck pictures!”

While Big Camera went on grumbling in the night, Little Camera smiled, nested at the bottom of the backpack, knowing his friends shared his feelings. They were also full of memories and emotions, and he knew they also wished they’d hit the road again someday to meet those who know the paths alongside the freeways lead way farther.”
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A story of Native Alaska

Alaska, October 27, 2015

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Fishing for footage

Costa Rica, July 4, 2015

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Hunting for fish and footage

Bolivie, April 1, 2015

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Lights, camera, action!

Chile, January 26, 2015

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Meet the lonko

Chile, January 8, 2015

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Osorno, the doorway to Mapu Lahual

Chile, January 6, 2015

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