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Children of the Amazon [videorecording] / California Newsreel presents ; ITVS ; a zdfilms production ; a film by Denise Zmekhol ; produced and directed by Denise Zmekhol ; written by Michael J. Moore, Ellen Bruno, Olivia Crawford, Denise Bostrom ; a co-production of ZDFilms and the Independent Television Service with funding provided by the Corporation for Public Broadcasting
San Francisco, CA : California Newsreel, c2008
Location Call Number Status
 Videos/2nd Flr  F2546 .C45 2008    IN PROCESS
Subject(s) Surui Indians
Indians of South America -- Brazil
Indians of South America -- Amazon River Valley
Indians of South America -- Land tenure -- Brazil
Rain forest conservation -- Amazon River Valley
Rain forests -- Amazon River Valley
Subject Amazon River Valley -- History -- 20th century
Subject(s) Nature films
Documentary films
Nonfiction films
Feature films
Video recordings for the hearing impaired
Physical Description 1 videodisc (72 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in
Note - System Details DVD
Language In English, Portuguese and Monde with English subtitles; English language sections closed-captioned
Performer/Participant Narrated by Denise Zmekhol; commentators, Arildo Surui, Motira Surui, Chief Itabira Surui, Raimundo Barros, Chief Almir Surui, Julio Barbosa, Sandra Surui, Ilzamar Mendes, Maria Elena Barbosa, Cecelia Mendes, Sebastiào Negarote, Renato Negarote, Zé Henrique Negarote, Otinha Negarote, Weita Surui
Credits Cinematography, Antonio Luiz Mendes ; edited by Jennifer Chinlund ; sound, Nicolas Hallet ; music, Badi Assad, Naná Vasconcelos ; art director, Terry Green ; illustrations, Lais Dias ; research, Stela Grisotti, Ashley Tindall, Sula Vlachos, Antonio Venancio ; translators, Tim Brightwell, Melany Laterman, Tiago Venturi, Derek Verissimo
Summary In the early 1990s, native Brazilian Denise Zmekhol was part of a film crew working in the Amazon basin. Her photographs documented the lives of the Surui and Negarote tribes, notably the children. 15 years later, she returned to the area and found many of the now-grown subjects. Their ancient, indigenous traditions have been almost extinguished: they've gone from stone tools and self-sufficiency to mechanical appliances and standard economic poverty in a generation's span. Despite the Indians joining the protests of Chico Mendes and the rubber tappers, who mined the now-vanishing forest's resources without actually destroying them, their way of life has been destroyed by contact with the modern world. The death of Indian cultures is of a piece with the ecological destruction wrought by decades of still-ongoing deforestation, with the resulting pollution, plant/animal extinctions, and ozone depletion
Contents Reflections of the past -- The arrival of the rubber tappers -- First contact -- The arrival of the ranchers: Violence and displacement -- Chico Mendes and the resistance -- Building alliances against illegal logging -- The transformation of life in the Amazon -- After Chico Mendes: Continuing the fight -- Reflecting on Chico's legacy
Alternate Author Zmekhol, Denise
Moore, Michael J. (Michael Jonathan)
Bruno, Ellen
Crawford, Olivia
Bostrom, Denise
Independent Television Service
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
California Newsreel (Firm)

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