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Subject: History

Rights and Wrongs Series: North and Latin America

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Brazil is the fifth largest country in the world in land area and population. It is the leading economic country in South America and the world's largest producer of coffee. It has made great strides in conserving land. Nearly two-thirds of global land protected since 2003 is in Brazil, and deforestation in the Brazilian Amazon has been reduced 50% since 2004. Much of these gains have come by the sacrifices of many concerned people. This historical program focuses on Brazil's indigenous peoples who have battled for years to maintain control over their lands. Here we see excerpts from Jeffrey O'Connor's Academy Award nominated film, At The Edge of Conquest, which offered a dramatic and intimate account of the Waiapi tribe's confrontation with the Brazilian government in an attempt to secure permanent boundaries and to halt illegal mining procedures on their territory. This portrayal clearly shows the importance of land rights for native peoples, noting that their basic human rights are directly connected to the land they inhabit. Featured in the program are Davi Kopenawa Yanomami, a spokesperson for the Yanomami; Larry Cox, who served as Senior Program Officer for the Ford Foundation's Human Rights unit and today is Executive Director of Amnesty International USA; Subodh Bikash Chakma and Anderson Mutang Urua, who campaign for the rights of indigenous peoples in South Asia; and Tonya Gonella Frichner, President and founder of the American Indian Law Alliance in New York. 00/12DE JSCA 30 min.
Also See: Brazil: The True People (Ethnology & Encroachment)

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