Uproot is about a man from Ecuador who purchased an island in the Amazon to save endangered primates. More than 180 monkeys are living with him on the island and now, he must translocate several troops two-hours downriver to Yasuní National Park, one of the world’s last remaining high-biodiversity forests.  This is an extremely risky conservation project that’s never been done and new oil concessions in the park are getting in the way of the release.


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In 2006, Hector started his animal rehabilitation program with the purpose of re-populating endangered primates. Today, 180 monkeys live independently on a 210-acre island that he owns in the Napo River. The island bares 85% primary forest where the animals hunt for food and survive on their own.

Hector’s experiment is one of a kind. Over 25 monkeys from one troop will be freed back into the wild in the hope they can live, and thrive naturally.



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Émilie Martel is a filmmaker and spent years producing, filming and editing short web content for media organizations worldwide. Alongside Uproot, she is developing a wide range of unscripted and non-fiction features and series both in French and English, and an animated feature film about a capuchin monkey’s journey in an exploited Amazon. Émilie recently launched her production company Kannon Films.

She received the 2018 Canadian Women Artists’ Award and was a beneficiary of the Banff Diversity of Voices Initiative 2018



Laurence is a award-winning filmmaker, senior producer and editor. Laurence specializes in enterprise, investigative and documentary projects. She's done work for major networks and publications such as The Guardian, Reuters, La Presse, TV5, and the United Nations, among others.

Her work has also been featured at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City as part of the the special exhibition ¡Cuba! She is currently directing and producing Willie, a feature-length documentary film about Willie O’Ree who broke the NHL’s color barrier in 1958.



Ebyan has spent 10 years honing her craft by working in a diverse set of positions within the entertainment industry.

In 2010, she moved to Los Angeles to be a Development Executive Fellow in Film Independent's Project: Involve. During her time as a fellow, she worked as an Associate Producer on two Film Independent shorts, High Card Trumps, and Half the Distance, which were official selection at numerous festivals. Ebyan returned to Canada, and co-founded Bicyclette Media. She went on to co-produce four series for TV5/UNIS.