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The Decade of Destruction Series
The Killing of Chico Mendes

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

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Directed by Adrian Cowell
Produced by Adrian Cowell, Ludgate Ltd

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.

Grade Level: 9-12, College, Adult
US Release Date: 1990     Copyright Date: 1990
DVD ISBN: 1-59458-334-X     VHS ISBN: 1-56029-034-X

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Awards and Festivals
Gold Apple, National Educational Film & Video Festival
American Film & Video Festival

Current Affairs
Developing World
Forests and Rainforests
International Issues
Latin America

Related Titles

The Decade of Destruction (Classroom Version - On One DVD)
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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