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NCLAFF: Grazing the Amazon

Photo of cattle in denuded forest
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Sunday, October 27, 2019
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7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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NC Latin American Film Festival

Dir. Marco Isensee e Sa. Brazil. 2018. 50 min. Portuguese & English with English subtitles.

There are 85 million cows in the Brazilian Amazon, which means three cows for each human dweller grazing today in an area that was once forest. In the 1970s, the rainforest was intact. Since then, a portion the size of France has disappeared, with 66 percent transformed into pastures. Much of this change is a consequence of government incentives that attracted thousands of farmers from southern lands. Cattle ranching became an economic and cultural banner of the Amazon, forging powerful politicians to defend it. In 2009, there was a game-changer: The Public Prosecutor's Office sued large slaughterhouses, forcing them to supervise cattle farms.

Shown with short film "Kuwoi Wujan," directed by Jose Luis Cote. Jiw language with English subtitles.