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Into the Amazon

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Into the Amazon tells the remarkable story of the journey taken by President Theodore Roosevelt and legendary Brazilian explorer Cândido Rondon into the heart of the South American rain forest to chart an unexplored tributary of the Amazon. Two of the most celebrated men from their respective nations, Roosevelt and Rondon set out with twenty other adventurers in 1914. Over eight eventful weeks in one of the most remote places on earth, the ill-equipped expedition navigated deadly rapids in crude dugout canoes. Hunger and exhaustion were compounded by the rain forest's unforgiving topography, which forced the men to carry heavy canoes long distances. What was anticipated to be a relatively tranquil journey turned out to be a brutal test of courage and character. Before it was all over [...]
DVD
2018
Clemons (Stacks)
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Rio Verde: El Tiempo de los Yakurunas = Green River : The Time of the Yakurunas

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Eschewing traditional anthropological pointers, Green River invites its viewers to rely solely on their eyes and ears to get their bearings in this Amazonian catchment area, and be carried by cinematographic prowess to a place where the river itself becomes a surface for projections of all kinds.
DVD
2017
Clemons (Stacks)
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Dirty Gold War: Gold in the Amazon

The origin of most gold in the jewelry industry is uncertain. While it is a symbol of luxury for many, it is a source of pollution and destruction for others. Illegal and environmentally unsound mining practices in Brazil and Peru create social and environmental conflicts that reach beyond local areas, and we as consumers play a role. This film reveals important issues about the Amazonian gold rush that is continuing in silence and indifference, regardless of the interests of indigenous peoples and of our planet.
Online
2016; 2015
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Amazonia Eterna

The sun glints on crystal clear waters, mist floats above the towering falls that flow into a lush green basin. Today, the incomparably beautiful Amazon rainforest is a vast laboratory for experiments that are redefining the relationship between humans and nature. But what's the worth of this invisible commodity? And who should profit from it? This glorious, cinematic film looks for answers as it plunges into a sensory journey through the rainforest.
Online
2016; 2014
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In Defense of the Amazon: Atossa Soltani

This episode of the Green Interview features Atossa Soltani, the founder and Executive Director of Amazon Watch, an organization based in California that works to protect the Amazon basin and the rights of indigenous groups that call it home. She has been documenting and publicizing forest destruction and human rights abuses caused by extractive industries and large-scale energy projects throughout the Amazon and she has led successful campaigns to convince oil companies and international financial institutions to adopt stronger environmental and social standards. In this exclusive Green Interview, Atossa Soltani discusses Amazon Watch and the ongoing legal battles in support of indigenous people who are either resisting oil exploration in their territories or fighting for compensati [...]
Online
2015; 2014
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Amazon Rainforest Risks [electronic resource]

In this film, Bernice Notenboom leads an expedition across the vast Amazon Rainforest to better understand the mega droughts and tree deaths that threaten its survival. Meet scientists who explore the rainforest's root system, the forest canopy, and monitor the rising carbon dioxide levels. The Amazon rainforest is reaching the tipping point and with global warming, it could soon be in a deep state of crisis.
Online
2015; 2013
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The Last Hunters in Ecuador

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The film is a journey into the deepness of the rainforest, where we meet the Waoranis and we merge completely into the traditional way of life of this ancient community: back to hunting and to the ancient art of fishing. This old age way of life still survives on agriculture, hunting and fishing. These are the last hunters, lost in the grandiosity of the jungle, still preserving their community and what belongs to them. --
Online
2013
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The Battle for the Amazon [electronic resource]: The Xingu vs. The Belo Monte Dam

What will potentially become the world's third-largest hydroelectric dam-and a symbol of the destruction of the last remaining significant rainforest on Earth-is currently under construction in the heart of the Amazon Basin. The Belo Monte Dam complex is expected to devastate an area of more than 370,000 acres of Brazilian rainforest while resulting in the forced displacement of approximately 20,000 people and the expected migration of 100,000 more. In the face of this danger, the Xingu, the indigenous people of the region and hereditary guardians of the forest, have decided to stand their ground and fight. The Battle for the Amazon follows their struggle.
Online
2013
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The Grammar of Happiness

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"A language that can be spoken, hummed, or whistled? A language with no unique words for color or numbers? Linguistics professor Daniel Everett claims that the unique language of the Piraha people of the Amazon is exactly that. More than 30 years ago, he traveled as a missionary into the amazon rainforest to teach the tribe, but they ended up teaching him. Their way of life and unique form of communication have profoundly changed Everett, and inspired a theory that could undermine the most powerful theory (or theorist) of linguistics"--www.smithsonianchannel.com
DVD
2012
Clemons (Stacks)
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Into Amazonia [electronic resource]

Michael Palin travels on several rivers through the very heart of Amazonia. He meets the Yanomami tribe, and talks to their spokesperson about the threats to their way of life. He visits the magnificent Manaus Opera House, and samples some exotic Amazonian foods in Belem at the mouth of the Amazon. Traveling ever southwards to the upper reaches of the Xingu river he is welcomed to the Wauja tribe, one of the most colorful of all the Brazilian indigenous peoples. This leg of his journey ends in the capital Brasilia, where Michael meets up with rock star and political activist Dinho Ouro Preto. Contains nudity associated with indigenous cultures.
Online
2012
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Vaidade

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"Cripurizao is a makeshift mining town on the banks of the Cripuri River, in the middle of the Amazon rain forest. Santarém, the closest town, is over 600 miles away. The chances of a woman finding a job in a mining town are scarce, as mining is basically a man's work. So, there are three choices left for a woman: cooking, prostitution or... selling beauty products. In the last few years, hundreds of women, at the risk of their lives, have made their way by canoe along malaria-infested rivers to sell perfumes, creams, soaps and other beauty products in the heart of the Amazon rain forest." -- FIPA website.
DVD
2010; 2003
Clemons (Stacks)
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Vivamazonia [electronic resource]: The Jungle Book of Teaching

In the heart of the Amazon rainforest, a British couple runs a different kind of primary school. Each lesson relates to the pupils' remote jungle environment. The children can't see themselves in the cityscapes of the textbooks sent by the local authorities, so they make all their books from scratch. In mathematics they find fractions in rivers, and the fishing ban soon to expire on their beloved river becomes a subject for history. They learn not just facts and figures, but a responsibility for their natural heritage, and they come to understand the impact the end of the fishing ban will have on their families. This documentary focuses on the people who have the most to lose in our changing world.
Online
2010
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Krippendorf's Tribe

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A university professor is paid to find the last undiscovered tribe of New Guinea. When he fails to find the tribe, he comes home, and rather than admitting that he's failed, he gives a lecture about the Shelmikedmu tribe (named after his children: Shelly, Mike, and Edmund) and then has his family dress like "Shelmikedmus," so that he can film them as proof of his discovery.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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Indian Amazonia: On the Path of the Jaguar

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"Deep inside the Brazilian and Ecuadorian rain forests, several indigenous tribes continue to live according to traditional customs--some violently defying outside influences. This program documents repeated attempts to pacify and often assimilate these vulnerable societies. Outlining the history of Amazonian colonization by Europeans, the film examines the work of researchers and activists such as Erwin Patzelt and the Villas Boas brothers, as well as the role of FUNAL, the impact of multinational corporations, and the influence of Christian missionaries. Viewers will learn extensive details about the Huaorani people, the Kampaeré and Anticumè Pata communities, and various Xingu tribes"--Container.
DVD
2009; 2007
Clemons (Stacks)
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Terras: Lands

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"Surrounded by the Amazon rainforest, the twin cities of Leticia and Tabatinga and the village of Santa Rosa constitute a triple border between Brazil, Colombia and Peru. Beautifully photographed and researched, Lands explores the social and ecological impact of territorial limits, commerce and modernity on the lives of the local and indigenous population. ... Directed by noted Brazilian filmmaker Maya da-Rin, Lands maps out the demarcations that, although not always visible, are present in these people's daily lives. The borders, after all, are everywhere and nowhere in this land. In addition, the film looks at the concept of nationality and territorial limits, the relationship between urban cities and the Amazon, the contact between traditional indigenous cultures and contemporary [...]
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
17.

Crude

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"[T]ells the epic story of one of the largest and most controversial legal cases on the planet: the infamous $27 billion 'Amazon Chernobyl' lawsuit pitting 30,000 rainforest dwellers in Ecuador against the U.S. oil giant Chevron." -- Container.
DVD
2009
Clemons (Stacks)
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At Play in the Fields of the Lord: Brincando Nos Campos Do Senhor

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The timely story of the forces of change that converge on a small tribe of Niaruna Indians living in the heart of the Amazonian rain forest.
DVD
2009; 1991
Clemons (Stacks)
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Histórias Do Rio Negro: Stories of the Negro River

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Collection of stories told by people who live near the banks of river Rio Negro, in the Amazon.
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)
20.

End of the Spear

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Nate Saint is a pilot and Christian missionary who, with his family, lives and works in the jungles of the Amazon River Basin in South America. Nate is fascinated by tales he's heard of the Waodani, a violent and aggressive tribe living nearby, and with a group of fellow Christians takes it upon himself to teach them the importance of compassion and forgiveness. However, the leader of the Waodanis, Mincayani, does not trust the white visitors, and believes they may have had something to do with the disappearance of a young girl from his tribe years ago. A meeting between Nate and Mincayani goes terribly wrong when Nate's inability to understand the Waodani language brings himself and four of his fellow missionaries to be savagely murdered by the tribesmen. However, in the final momen [...]
DVD
2006
Clemons (Stacks)