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The Amazon

Amazon Journal

Presents a chronicle of political events in the Brazilian Amazon, beginning with the assassination of Chico Mendes in 1988 and ending with the massacre of Yanomami Indians in 1993. Analyzes the complex interaction between semi-isolated indigenous societies and "outsiders." Includes exclusive sequences of the events surrounding the massacre of a village, the demarcation of Kayapo Territory, and the rock star Sting's frank assessment of his own involvement in rain forest politics. A film by Geoffrey O'Connor. 1995. 58 min. ;

Amazonia, Voices From the Rain Forest.

Reviews the ecology of the rainforest, the indigenous indians attitudes towards the forest and their increasing concern for its protection as the fragile ecosystem is threatened with destruction by outside commercial developers. 1991. 69 min.

At the Edge of Conquest: The Journey of Chief Wai-Wai

Looks at the situation of the Waiapi Indians, a small isolated tribe that came in contact with the outside world in the late 1970's. Today they are threatened by gold miners, by the Brazilian government's proposal to reduce their land by 10% and a plan to construct a highway through their territory. This film focuses on their charismatic leader, Chief Wai-Wai as he travels from his remote village to Brazil's capitol hoping to shape the destiny of his people. 1992. 28 min.

Burden of Dreams.

Directed by Les Blank. Documents German film director Werner Herzog's struggle to complete his film Fitzcarraldo in the face of plane crashes, torrential rains, attacks by armed, hostile Indians, and the loss of several sets of leading actors. 1982. 94 min. Online Access through LFLFC and Kanopy.

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Carbon Hunters

As the U.S. Congress considers new legislation that would have them pay for making pollution, American companies are looking to the Brazilian Amazonian rain forest for an increasingly valuable commodity - carbon. Originally broadcast on PBS (Frontline) on May 11, 2010.

Decade of Destruction.

Chronicles the devastation of the Amazonia rainforest from 1980 to 1990 - perhaps this century's worst environmental disaster. 55 min. ea.Episode 1. In the Ashes of the Forest. A Brazilian settler's two sons are murdered and another is kidnapped by Indians. While a government expedition searches for the child, the colonists' expansion continues to encroach on the Indians. Landless peasants are lured to the forest with promises of free land and big harvests.

Heaven, Hell and El Dorado, Peru

From the heights of the Ecuadorian Andes to the end of the Amazon Basin the conquistadors came in search of the fabled gold-filled jungles of El Dorado. After the gold seekers left, the missionaries arrived and made a far greater impact on the Amazon Region. 1985. 29 min.

Journey to a Thousand Rivers.

Overviews the 18 month explorations of Jacques Cousteau and teams of scientists who explored the Amazon River to discover how plants, animals, and men survive in the water-dominated ecosystem. 1990. 98 min.

Meeting Ancestors.

Members of the Zo'e Indian tribe in the rainforests of Brazil discuss, in their own language, among other things, hunting spider monkeys, why they wear long blocks of wood in their lower lips, why they go naked most of the time, and how developers and gold miners are destroying the rainforest. They also see television for the first time. 22 min. 1993.

Pemp.

Documents the recent history of the Gaviao tribe in the eastern Amazon. In the 60's, the Gaviao were widely considered so decimated by contact that their continued survival as a group was impossible. As the video shows, the group has not only survived, but has pioneered some approaches to living on the interface with Brazilian culture. Shows how these people have reclaimed their land and much of their tribal culture with the help of video technology. 1988. 27 min.

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