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AMAZON TEARS

In the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, the extraction of rubber latex and itscommercialization to produce tires for bicycles and automobiles led to a widespread expansionof European colonization in the Amazon rainforest, that caused cultural and social transformations,especially dramatic for the indigenous populations. According to the calculations of the anthropologistWade Davis, for each ton of rubber produced, ten Indians were killed and hundreds were marked forlife by lashes, wounds and amputations.

In addition, the demand for indigenous labor during the fever resulted in the persecution of thosepeoples who resisted being used, such as the Araona; while in other cases, the diseases importedby the white man caused the death of a large part of these populations. Likewise, many peoples ofthe Amazon forest were subjected to forced processes of civilization and evangelization by religiousmissions that have resulted in the total or partial destruction of their society and worldview.

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This documentary project will be developed with the effort of a multidisciplinary team composed by:

Mingo Venero

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Wayra Ficapal

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