In Honduras, the most dangerous place in the world to be a land defender, the Lenca and Garífuna people are not backing down. They are fighting to uphold their spirituality and Indigenous ways of life in the face of state backed megaprojects and narco-traffickers who seek to assassinate them, destroy their lands, and erase their existence.
Sam Vinal is an award-winning filmmaker who directs documentaries made in deep partnership with social movements. These bold works are housed in the Los Angeles based production company Mutual Aid Media, an independent entity for creativity and speaking truth to power through film. Sam’s filmmaking career has called him to Honduras, Canada and Zambia among other places — always traveling and telling stories through a socio-political lens. Sam uses film as a means to combine his passion for the beautiful struggle of social change with the power of art. Sam’s films have played at the Sundance Film Festival, Hot Docs, The New Orleans Film Festival, and AmDocs among others. He is currently working on a feature documentary on the Wet’suwet’en resistance called YINTAH.