Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  55 minutes
Date:  1990
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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In the Ashes of the Forest (Part 1)

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Saga of two colonists in the Amazon rainforest.

In the Ashes of the Forest (Part 1)

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.

'Packed with information, this documentary sheds new light on the issue...Highly recommended, this is an outstanding choice.' Video Rating Guide for Libraries


Awards

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

Citation

Main credits

Cowell, Adrian (screenwriter)
Cowell, Adrian (film director)
James, Roger (film producer)
Kirk, Michael (screenwriter)
Lyman, Will (narrator)

Other credits

Camera, Vicente Rios; editing, Terry Twigg, Chris Christoffe, Jim Astrausky.


Distributor credits

Adrian Cowell

Adrian Cowell
Adrian Cowell

Docuseek2 subjects

Forests and Rainforests
Brazil
Economic Geography
Development
Migration
Environmental Anthropology

Distributor subjects

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

Keywords

colonists, ; rainforest,; farms, Uru Eu Wau Wau, kidnappers,"In the Ashes of the Forest",Bullfrog Films

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