We are bringing the North American director, Mr Marcos Colon (based in Wisconsin, USA), to Cardiff and London to present and debate his highly prized documentary about the development and deforestation in the Amazon.
Beyond Fordlândia (2017, 75 min) is an environmental and politico-economic account of Henry Ford’s controversial experience of large-scale rubber production in the Amazon (1920s-1940s) decades after its failure.
The story addressed by the film begins in 1927, when the Ford Motor Company attempted to establish rubber plantations on the Tapajós River, a primary tributary of the Amazon. This film also addresses the recent transition from failed rubber to successful soybean cultivation for export, and its implication for land usage and socio-environmental justice.
The story is of great geographical relevance and particularly important regarding the interface between environment and development.
This movie was released 11 months ago and has already received 10 prestigious international festival prizes.
Cardiff on 17 October, 17:00, Glamorgan Building, King Edward VII Avenue, CF10 3WA, room -1.64
London on 18 October, 17:30, King’s College London, Bush House, 30 Aldwych, WC2B 4BG (lecturer theatre two, 4th floor)
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