Hugo Metz

Hugo Metz


Schedule :

Thursday, May 2nd
  • 9:00 – 12:00
Friday, May 3rd
  • 11:30 – 12:30
  • 13:45 – 16:00


Hugo is a French freelance director and producer whose work has involved traveling, filming, directing and editing a variety of shortdocs, featuredocs and documentary series. He collaborates with European major TV broadcasters such as : TF1, FR2 and ARTE and has started working with newcomers from the digital world, like multiple channel networks, digital storytellers and pure player medias.. Specialized in telling stories that highlight the natural though fragile relationship between men and nature he feels – on both personal and professional levels – that now is a critical time to help mitigating climate change and changing the world dominant model of development. Hugo has been involved with the #ifnotusthenwho campaign since 2014. He became member of the board in 2017 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the organisation the very same year.


If Not Us Then Who is a US registered charity, 501(c)(3) that supports a global awareness campaign highlighting the role indigenous and local communities play in protecting our planet. We work in partnership with communities to make films, take photographs, curate content, commission local artists and host events. Our work aims to build lasting networks, target unjust policies, and advocate for greater rights for indigenous and local peoples to bring about positive social change. All the films made for the If Not Us Then Who project are participatory – we work with indigenous peoples to tell the stories they want to tell. From Indonesia to Peru, we have been working with indigenous networks to interpret their experience and, as a result, the material you see on this website broadly reflects the work of our core partners – AMAN, AMPB, APIB, REPALEF and COICA. Our goal is ultimately to give the material back to communities so they can use them to campaign and affect change at a local level. We support this work by bringing our material to the attention of international audiences through events and by creating specific social media content to raise awareness. This is vital in an age when over consumption of commodities directly affects local communities. Our material is being used by many international non-governmental Organisations (Global Witness, Rainforest Foundation, ISA, Rainforest Action Network) to inform policy makers in large corporations and in governments of the needs of communities. The material is a doorway into understanding complex issues such as climate change or the commodities trade, at a community level. When the timing is right our material has also been used by journalists, featuring in Le Monde, El Pais, The New York Times, The Guardian, Mongabay, BBC online and in many other publications. We hope this material is used to educate and inform, to change minds and to appeal to the heart. We are building up our series of training sessions for our indigenous partners, empowering their own storytelling. As the project has evolved, we are now looking beyond our own content to build a visual library of indigenous storytelling and high quality short films relevant to the growing global indigenous movement.

We are not fighting for nature. We are nature fighting back.

Talk Summary

Over the last five years the team behind the ‘If not us then who?’ project have been trying to build understanding, trust and solidarity. We are trying to understand what it means to save forests for the peoples that live in them. Our journey began by talking to indigenous leaders about their stories and their heroes from their communities. These powerful and emotional stories have not often been revealed and so by revealing them we empower them and by retelling them they are given meaning. With the project and our indigenous partners we are also trying to build trust. Trust within the indigenous movement, that across the world there is a shared set of beliefs. Trust within the charity sector of the importance of local solutions. Trust within the eyes of the public of the co-existence of forests and people. Now, here in Bali, trust in our future generations to protect the world’s forests. With this trust we can bring people together to build the solidarity we need to heal our planet.