British journalist Dom Phillips had planned a trip to the Yawanawá Indigenous community to seek answers to the Amazon crisis. But he never arrived. In June 2022 he was assassinated along with indigenist Bruno Pereira. Phillips was documenting stories of resistance and hope in the Brazilian Amazon in the face of Jair Bolsonaro's extractivist policies. He was to interview cacique (chief) Biraci Nixiwaka, known as Bira, a historic figure in the Indigenous movement. With Brazilian journalist Felipe Milanez, we traveled to the Amazon to tell the story of the Yawanawá and to do the interview that Phillips could not.
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