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EPICS: Global Active Problem Solving

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Project ended on March 14, at 11:55 PM EDT
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The Global Active Problem Solving (GAPS) team is building a new media center in the Brazilian Amazon for a group of Indigenous filmmakers. GAPS is part of Purdue University’s Engineering Projects in Community Service (EPICS) program, which pairs teams such as ours with a community partner domestic or abroad to address a need. 

EPICS GAPS works with the Pykôre Association, an Indigenous nonprofit in Brazil that works with and for the Kayapó Peoples. Together, we are designing a new media center that is culturally appropriate, structurally stable, and serviceable in a no electricity and tropical environment in the Amazonian village of A'Ukre. Can we count on you to support our mission?

The Amazonian village of A'Ukre. 


The Djamtire Kôkôjãgoti Film Collective is one of the first Kayapó film collectives that support women and men filmmakers in their community. In 2012, the chiefs of the village decided to work with local and international collaborators to build out local infrastructure for a media center, the first of its size in the village.

The media center will allow the Djamtire Kokojâgoti filmmaking collective, a team of Indigenous youth and elders, to create documentaries for their community and preserve their cultural heritage for future generations. Our team is proud to work with Pykôre to create this new center. 

Your gift of any size will go toward:

  • Larger media center (structure) with a ridge vent for insulation and ventilation, a large central space, kitchen, meeting room, and studio and equipment rooms
  • Solar panels for the primary and secondary power systems
  • Installation of solar panels for the primary and secondary power systems 
  • Humidity- and insect-proof storage solutions 
  • Increased digital storage capacity  
  • Proper ventilation through solar-powered exhaust fans
  • Better LED lighting and expanded capacity for device charging and storage

From documenting Mebêngôkre-Kayapó culture and life to utilizing media as a form of journalism, the filmmakers work tirelessly together as a multi-camera team. Previous GAPS teams designed the media center currently used by the film collective, which was one of the first to be established in the Kayapó Indigenous Lands. As the film collective grows, the new media center will be a space of learning and creativity where men and women filmmakers can continue to create diverse forms of media and film.

Thank you for supporting Indigenous cultural heritage, sustainable media centers, and responsible filmmaking!