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Florencia Santucho


This 7th edition of FINCA finds us immersed in the spectacularization of dispossession and the stripping of identity, which entails an unprecedented crisis of the anthropocene or capitalocene paradigm. Therefore, it is not only the planetary ecosystemic balance that is at stake, but also the very destiny of human society, its values and beliefs.

As the debate around the climate crisis and its inequitable consequences on the world’s population intensifies, the green transition, as Maristella Svampa reminds us in her invaluable contribution, emerges as a solution that risks being arbitrary. Today, more than ever, the Global South is the victim of a plundering neo-extractivist and ecocidal model that seeks to wipe out the memory of peoples in order to take over territories and cultures and further deepen the ecological debt.

We have decided to talk about Climate Justice in this edition because we believe that in order to reverse this process of annihilation of natural resources and biodiversity, of deprivation of sovereignty and socio-environmental rights of peoples, we can only put our bodies into collective movements capable of questioning the present and weaving new societal horizons based on values of inter- and eco-dependence.

It is within this context that film emerges as a tool for social transformation, amplifying voices of resistance and raising awareness about the urgency of a fair and inclusive eco-social transition with a focus on gender equality and human rights.

We firmly believe in creating networks as a collective way out that allows us on the one hand, to connect social and ecological justice, and on the other hand, to reinforce a circular economy tied to the territory and to ancestral knowledge.

As always, we choose to shine a light over places where no spotlights can reflect back the voices of the silenced peoples and we are coming back with a special Focus on Palestine, which offers, together with the Ecozine Window of Zaragoza, new views on socio-environmental issues from a critical cinematic perspective that calls for action.

With the aim of applying best practices to film production, we are honored to hold a new workshop, Sustainable Filmmaking. Key Experiences and Powerful Tools for an Industry in Reinvention, which will be hybrid and will be attended by leading international industry figures.

As there are many urgent issues to address, we have decided to come together for the conference The Climate Crisis is Here. Contributions from a Context of Denialism Based on Disinformation, a space to exchange cultural seeds of hope for a sustainable future.

Now is the time to hold hands and go out to rebuild the world we long for.

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Maristella Svampa

Researcher at the National Scientific and Technical Research Council of Argentina, activist, and writer. Member of The Ecosocial and Intercultural Pact of the South

A Compass for a Fair and Transformative Ecosocial Transition

In the 2023 Manifesto For a Fair Ecosocial Energy Transition for the Peoples of the South1, we stated that the problems of the Global South are different from those of the Global North, the European Union, and rising powers such as China. An imbalance of power not only persists because of a colonial legacy, but because the global capitalist model deepens the geopolitical and social divides rather than narrow them. In the context of climate change, ever rising energy needs, and biodiversity loss, the capitalist centers have begun the process of decarbonization, seeking to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. To that end, they have stepped up the pressure to extract lithium, nickel, silver, copper, cobalt, among a long list that includes 34 minerals that are critical for the energy and digital transition. They also push for more trade and investment agreements with Latin American countries to meet this need for resources.


This selective, incomplete and inequitable decarbonization, also promoted by large corporations and already endorsed by several Latin American regimes, is establishing a new phase in the environmental dispossession that will affect the lives of millions of people, especially the poorest and most vulnerable, including indigenous communities. Not only does the well-known extractivist paradigm remain in force, but the North’s ecological and colonial debt to the South will increase with the expansion of this new “green colonialism”: Latin America will once again become a sacrificial zone, an immense open-pit quarry, a storehouse of seemingly unlimited resources for the countries of the North, now in the name of the “green transition”.


There is not one single possible ecosocial transition, nor is there a single path to energy transition, as the dominant narratives would have us believe. According to climate justice movements, “transition is inevitable, but justice is not”. It needs building. All this requires great imagination and political audacity. Along these lines, eco-territorial struggles and socio-cultural projects such as this seventh edition of [FINCA] are gradually shedding light on concepts-horizons, such as the rights of nature, good living, food sovereignty, territoriality and autonomy, care and interdependence. Together with the critical political and socio-ecological thinking of the South, these concepts and ways of life provide a compass, a map, as Juan Carlos Mariátegui would say, towards a fair and democratic ecosocial transition. We need to combine social justice with environmental justice (instead of pitting them against each other), and bring together egalitarian and democratic values with a holistic and resilient social policy (an Ecosocial State), to respond to environmental and political collapse in a multidimensional way, and to reestablish an ecological balance that is necessary for life.