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The Decade of Destruction Series
Killing for Land

Squatters face off against gunmen hired by absentee landlords in the Amazon.


A printer-friendly version of this page 51 minutes
Directed by Adrian Cowell
Produced by Adrian Cowell, Nomad Films Ltd



In Brazil during the past two decades, nearly 24 million small farmers have lost their land, while almost half of Brazil's arable land is now owned by 1% of the population. Millions of poor farmers have migrated to the Amazon as homesteaders, and many have moved onto massive ranches carved out of the rainforest by large companies. These absentee landlords often leave the land idle and hold it purely for speculation. Violence erupts when the squatters begin to work the land and the landowners hire gunmen to frighten them off.

Other titles in the series are:

In the Ashes of the Forest - Part 1 - Saga of two colonists in the Amazon rainforest.

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

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: 1-59458-332-3     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-030-7




Reviews
"A very well-made documentary with a strong point of view...It argues implicitly that the problem of how to save the rainforest is an economic and political as well as an ecological one."
Video Rating Guide for Libraries




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Killing for Land


"A very well-made documentary with a strong point of view." Video Rating Guide for Libraries


Awards and Festivals
American Film & Video Festival

Subjects
Brazil
Current Affairs
Developing World
Environment
Forests and Rainforests
History
Humanities
International Issues
Latin America


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.

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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