Grades 9-12, College, Adult
Directed by Adrian Cowell
Produced by Adrian Cowell, Ludgate Ltd
DVD Purchase $175, Rent $75
VHS Purchase $175, Rent $75
US Release Date: 1990
Copyright Date: 1990
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-334-X
VHS ISBN: 1-56029-034-X
Forests and Rainforests
Awards and Festivals
Gold Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival
American Film & Video Festival
The Decade of Destruction Series|
The Killing of Chico Mendes
The story of rainforest defender, Chico Mendes, that ended with his 1988 assassination.
The series concludes with the story of Chico Mendes whose brutal murder on December 22, 1988, provoked international protest and brought worldwide attention to the problem of Amazonian deforestation. The film follows his rise to prominence as the leader of the rubber-tappers, or seringueiros. The seringueiros have lived in the rainforest for over 100 years, susbsisting by tapping native rubber, collecting Brazil nuts, and other ecologically sustainable activities. Seeing their way of life threatened, Mendes formed the seringueiros into a union and led the fight to halt the devastation of the rainforest and to create protected areas, called "extractive reserves," to be managed by local seringueiros communities.
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.
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.
"Packed with information, this documentary sheds new light on the issue...Highly recommended, this is an outstanding choice."
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