Grazing the Amazon

OCT 27 – Sunday – 7pm | Richard White Lecture Hall, Duke East Campus
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.

Followed with a panel: The State of the Amazon


Stuart Pimm, Doris Duke Professor of Conservation Ecology

Alex Pfaff, Sanford School of Public Policy

Miguel Rojas-Sotelo, Duke Center for Latin American and Caribbean Studies

Moderated by Juan Diego Llano, MEM Candidate. Nicholas School of the Environment

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Films for Action

Shown with short film, “Kuwoi Wujan”
Dir. Jose Luis Cote. Colombia. 2018. 4 minutes 55

Language: Jiw (English subtitles)

This film portrays the myth of creation of the Jiw people. The Jiw is a nomadic Amazonian community of Southern Colombia. The story tells the close relationship the Jiw have with nature, the forces of good and bad are in constant struggle. It is located also in context with Western presence in their territories.

Part of the NCLAFF Environmental Series

Presented by WGELA (Working Group Environment in Latin America)

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