Grit, persistence and tenacity drive activists to change the world. Kids in Latin-America are leading the way. Such is the case of 11 year old Francisco Javier Vera Manzanares, who started the movement “Guardianes por la Vida” (Guardians for Life) to protect wild-life when he was 9 years old. With over 200 members and chapters in Colombia, Mexico, Chile, Argentina and Venezuela, Francisco and his friends have seen the impact of being consistent and true to one’s values. Being an environmental activist in Colombia is one of the most dangerous pursuits. In 2020, three hundred and ten social leaders and 12 of their relatives were killed in Colombia (Indepaz). Francisco, early in 2021 received an explicitly violent and direct death threat that compelled him to distance himself from social media and the public eye. He was also a victim of cyberbullying by youtubers and bloggers. Recognized by the United Nations, Francisco continues to overcome adversity by speaking in the Colombian Congress, leading his peers and raising awareness through social media outlets.
Flavia was awarded the fellowship “Still I Rise Films Fellowship” 2021 to further developed Francisco’s story into a longer form documentary.
IF YOU DON’T ACT AS ADULTS, WE WILL
Concept, Editing, Animation