Saúl Luciano Lliuya, with the help of a German organization, is suing one of the world’s biggest carbon-emitting companies, RWE, for climate change damages to Huaraz and the surrounding region. His wife, Lidia, works tirelessly tending crops and caring for animals on land threatened by climate change. His children, Brandon and Gleysie, are coming of age in an environment where lives and livelihoods are at risk.
The film follows Saúl in his everyday life in the mountains of Peru, where he farms potatoes, herds his animals and guides mountaineering trips into the increasingly dangerous high-elevation world of ice and rock. We witness Saúl’s journey as the lawsuit moves through the German court system and he moves into the not-always-comfortable role of Climate Hero. Saúl is a modern person in a traditional society, grappling with his responsibilities to himself, his family, and his community.
SENTINELS paints a chilling, intimate portrait of a community faced with one of the most important global challenges of our time. For the people of Huaraz, Peru, the impacts of climate change are visceral, dramatic and immediate. This is their story — a story of climate peril, disaster politics, conflicts and egos, and the determination and perseverance of the human spirit to find the way forward.