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The Decade of Destruction Series
In the Ashes of the Forest
Part 1

Saga of two colonists in the Amazon rainforest.


A printer-friendly version of this page 55 minutes
Directed by Adrian Cowell
Produced by Adrian Cowell



The first film follows the saga of two colonists, Chico and Renato, and a never previously photographed Indian tribe, the Uru Eu Wau Wau. Renato is a landless peasant who has been lured into the rainforest with promises of free land and big harvests. He and his neighbors slash and burn the forest to clear the land, only to discover that the soil is so poor their crops will not grow. In retaliation for the settlers' incursions, the Indians kidnap Chico's 7-year-old son. As the little boy's family searches for the kidnappers, the government tries to make peace with the Indians. By the decade's end, the fate of Chico's boy is learned; an epidemic kills many of the Indians; the settlers' farms have failed; and more than 15% of the forest has been destroyed. Other titles in the series are:

In the Ashes of the Forest - Part 2 - Concludes the Amazon colonists' saga.

Killing for Land - Squatters face off against gunmen hired by absentee landlords in the Amazon.

Mountains of Gold - Gold mining in the Amazon is a dangerous and dirty business.

The Killing of Chico Mendes - The story of rainforest defender, Chico Mendes, that ended with his 1988 assassination.



Grade Level: 9-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1990     Copyright Date: 1990
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-330-7     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-084-6




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"Packed with information, this documentary sheds new light on the issue...Highly recommended, this is an outstanding choice."
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In the Ashes of the Forest


"Highly recommended, this is an outstanding choice." Video Rating Guide for Libraries


Awards and Festivals
Blue Ribbon, American Film & Video Festival
Gold Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival
Special Jury Award, San Francisco International Film Festival


Subjects
Brazil
Developing World
Environment
Forests and Rainforests
History
Humanities
Indigenous Peoples
International Studies
Latin America
Politics


Related Titles

The Decade of Destruction (Classroom Version - On One Tape)
The story of the destruction of the Amazonian rainforest.

The Last of the Hiding Tribes
The Amazon's last uncontacted tribes face extinction.

Banking on Disaster
The grave consequences of building a road through the heart of Amazonia.

The Price of Progress

Arrows Against the Wind
The Dani and the Asmat come face to face with the modern world in Irian Jaya.

Blowpipes and Bulldozers
The story of the Penan, a tribe of rainforest nomads in Borneo, as seen by Bruno Manser.

Secrets of the Choco
The Choco rainforest in Colombia faces development. What is the best option?


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