Skip to main content
Browse by:
GROUP

Effective March 10, 2020, all Duke-sponsored events over 50 people have been cancelled, rescheduled, postponed or virtualized.
Please check with the event contact regarding event status. For more information, please see https://coronavirus.duke.edu/events

NCLAFF: Grazing the Amazon

Photo of cattle in denuded forest
Icon calendar
Sunday, October 27, 2019
Icon time
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Icon series
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.