Distributor:  Global Environmental Justice
Length:  4 minutes
Date:  2019
Genre:  Expository
Language:  Portuguese / English subtitles
Color/BW:  Color
Closed captioning available


Curator imageLaura Miller, Applied ethicist and instructor, Southwestern Illinois College, St. Louis Community College, Fontbonne University, and Webster University

You might also be interested in...

A Tribute to Dona Dijé

New to the Global Environmental Justice Project? Please register and login to preview and/or license this film. If your institution has already licensed this film, you will need to access this page from your institution's network to watch the film. For help on using the Docuseek2 platform, please visit our help wiki.

* New title added Fall 2022 *

A leader of the Babassu movement reflects on the central place of the babassu industry in the protection of women, culture, the forests, and the Amazon as a whole.

A Tribute to Dona Dijé

If Not Us Then Who? Film 7: (4:10) 2019
A Tribute to Dona Dijé a leader of the Free Babassu movement

Please download the teacher's guide for maps, background information, suggested subjects, questions and activities.

"Do not fall, arise."

Dona Dijé was an organizer in the babassu movement. In this interview she reflects on the central place of the babassu industry in the protection of women, culture, the forests, and the Amazon as a whole.


Other titles in the If Not Us Then Who? Collection:
7. A Tribute to Dona Dijé

Download the Teacher's Guide


00:00:07.140 --> 00:00:13.560
I live in a community in the state
of Maranhão, in the countryside.

00:00:16.760 --> 00:00:20.740
To me, it means part of my story.

00:00:26.860 --> 00:00:31.100
It should be free, wherever
there is babassu it should be free.

00:00:32.160 --> 00:00:37.000
Because we understand that
babassu is a work of nature.

00:00:38.360 --> 00:00:43.520
Nobody planted, no one watered
yet nature gives to us for free.

00:00:52.040 --> 00:01:03.100
The coconut for me means a currency
which we exchange so we can buy

00:01:03.220 --> 00:01:08.640
our things, from food to clothes, shoes,

00:01:13.140 --> 00:01:18.820
We roast the coconut to make oil.

00:01:19.580 --> 00:01:22.060
We sell to get money.

00:01:23.700 --> 00:01:33.940
And the oil once it's done serves for
both food, cooking and cosmetics.

00:01:44.260 --> 00:01:52.040
Now they are trapped on land
which is privately owned

00:01:53.300 --> 00:02:00.700
and the land owner, the farmer has a fence,
a gate and a lock barring my entry.

00:02:04.680 --> 00:02:08.120
We don’t want to fill the
outskirts of the cities.

00:02:08.975 --> 00:02:11.755
We don't want to change
our way of life.

00:02:14.220 --> 00:02:16.660
This is the law of survival.

00:02:16.660 --> 00:02:21.140
I have to fight to live.
I have to fight to eat.

00:02:22.520 --> 00:02:31.940
The women formed their own movement founding the
‘Free Babassu Law’ in seven Brazilian states.
The law gives landless coconut gatherers rights
to collect from all palm groves.

00:02:33.380 --> 00:02:38.460
They continue to protect the lives
and livelihoods of thousands of women
who work in the countryside

00:02:39.600 --> 00:02:45.820
The free coconut is where I can come
and go without anyone to stop me.

00:02:46.560 --> 00:02:52.100
I can leave my house, go into the land
which is close to my community.

00:02:52.100 --> 00:02:57.160
If there is babassu, I can come and pick it up
and another woman can come and pick it up.

00:02:57.160 --> 00:03:02.420
Any woman can come and pick it up
without hindrance.

00:03:02.420 --> 00:03:05.420
This is free access.

00:03:10.800 --> 00:03:15.380
They would enter the communities
and ask 'Where's the boss?’

00:03:16.660 --> 00:03:19.500
And we'd say, "There is no 'boss'...
I'm the boss."

00:03:23.480 --> 00:03:37.800
I have a hope that if we can preserve what we have left today then our children will have a bright future.

00:03:40.800 --> 00:03:46.160
It's a community of people
who work in the fields breaking coconuts

00:03:46.160 --> 00:03:51.160
fishing, dancing, leaping,
who play and are doing a lot of things.

00:03:51.200 --> 00:03:57.120
And that preserves our ancestors,
which we believe is a force

00:03:57.120 --> 00:04:01.440
that helps us
and holds our hands to say:

00:04:01.520 --> 00:04:04.640
"Do not fall. Arise. “

No reviews available.

Distributor credits

Tim Lewis

Paul Redman

Docuseek subjects

Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
Rural Studies
Women's Studies
Women's History
Latin American History
Latin American Studies
Cultural Anthropology
Environmental Anthropology
Government Policy
Forests and Rainforests
Conflict Resolution

Distributor subjects

No distributor subjects provided.


Dona Dijé,babassu,Free Babassu Movement,Amazon,rainforest,organizing,babassu nut,babassu palm,palm oil,Afro-Brazilian,community activist,Pastoral Land Commission,Catholic Church,agrarian,agrarian reform,babassu palm tree,Brazil; "A Tribute to Dona Dije"; Citizenship,Social Movements,Activism; Rural Studies; Agribusiness; Women's Studies; Women's History; Latin American History; Latin American Studies; Cultural Anthropology; Environmental Anthropology; Government Policy; Forests and Rainforests; Conflict Resolution;

Welcome to Docuseek2!

Docuseek2 is a streaming platform of the best documentary and social issue films available for the higher education community.

Anyone may search for titles and find detailed information about the titles. To preview films or license them for streaming, you must register and login.

Currently, we support online registration for anyone affiliated with a higher education institution. Please inquire if you are with a K-12 district or school or with a public library.

Click the Close button to get started!