Beyond Fordlândia brings the Amazon to the center of discussions in Paris

The documentary Beyond Fordlânda premiered in the French capital on the 24th of January 2018. Invited by the School of Higher Studies in Social Sciences (École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales - EHSS), director Marcos Colón, professor and scientist Marcus Barros and researcher and professor Marilene Corrêa went to Paris for a screening of the film followed by debate. 
The event, in the François-Furet Amphitheater (Anfiteatro François-Furet), served to widen the debate taking place at festivals and research institutions around the world.

“The premiere in Paris took place in an academic environment of the highest level, among a highly acclaimed group of researchers – the Think Tank on Contemporary Brazil (Grupo de Reflexão sobre o Brasil Contemporâneo)”, affirmed Marilene Corrêa, president of the Geographical and Historical Institute of the Amazon (Instituto Geográfico e Histórico do Amazonas). 

“Scientific criticism on the economic experiences of the Amazon – so well translated in the filmic language of the production – was another relevant aspect for the dialogue between the audience and the director of the film, and its interlocutors in the Amazon”, she added.

For Corrêa, the fact that the Parisian premiere occurred among a group of researchers accentuates the reach of the film through European and Brazilian Universities, as does the repercussion on Rádio France International, which transmits to various countries in 15 different languages.

Doctor Marcus Barros, who was the director of Ibama from 2003 to 2007, also highlighted the importance of the connection Colón makes between the predatory cycles of the Amazon.

“What the film exposes is the failure of development models that don’t take into account the environment and the lives of the peoples it affects. This is shown not only in Ford’s failed Project in the Amazon, but also in the aggressions of the extractivism and contraband of minerals and wood. The link between these enclaves showed, once again, that the Amazon cannot accept these projects any more”, summarised the scientist, who also remembered the importance of showing the film in institutions of research and learning.

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          Afrânio Garcia, Marilene Corrêa, Marcos Colón and Marcus Barros in the event in Paris

          Afrânio Garcia, Marilene Corrêa, Marcos Colón and Marcus Barros in the event in Paris

                   Marcus Barros, Marilene Corrêa and Marcos Colón in the event in Paris

                   Marcus Barros, Marilene Corrêa and Marcos Colón in the event in Paris

University of Innsbruck debates the impact of soy

Beyond Fordlândia was screened at the Center for Inter-American Studies (Centro de Estudos Interamericanos) of the University of Innsbruck, Austria, on the 12th December 2017. Invited by University professor, Martin Coy, director Marcos Colón talked about the importance of connecting places and experiences through film. 
“Although the theme portrayed in the film has a specific location – the Amazon, the issues and concerns discussed have universal coverage. The same aggressions against humans, the environment and the indigenous communities occur in other countries and continents ”, explained the director. 
Besides the repetition of the process around the world, Colón demonstrated preoccupation with the Brazilian context. 
“The form of intervention through which history repeats itself in the Amazonian social and cultural environment is tragic and peculiar: dispossessed, isolated and frequently ignored by public power, even with all its multiplicity”, he explained.


Rachel Carson Center receives debate on the Amazon and Agribusiness

One of the most respected research institutions in the world, the Rachel Carson Center for Environment and Society held a presentation of Beyond Fordlândia at Amerika House in Munich, Germany, on 11th December 2017. 

The round table debates on agribusiness in the Amazon and the historical evils of the rubber process was composed of the film's director, Marcos Colón, professor of the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kata Beilin, and professor from the University of Zurique, Antoine Acker. 

“It was a great event. The public demonstrated a lot of enthusiasm in relation to the film, with various requests for further screenings of the production. We were able to discuss the scenario of the film in the face of social, political and cultural issues”, related  professor Beilin, who researches interspecies resistance to genetically engineered soy in the Hispanic World.

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Beyond Fordlândia Première no Espaço Itaú de Cinema (Rio de Janeiro)

Rio de Janeiro hosted the official debut of Beyond Fordlândia on November 14, after the successful production of several international film festivals and events in the states of Pará and Amazonas. The film was shown in a special session of the Filmambiente Festival.

More than 100 people attended the exhibition, which was followed by a debate with director Marcos Colón and the public health specialist Marcus Barros, who includes the cast of scientists, artists, teachers, journalists, researchers and representatives of traditional and indigenous communities of the movie. The conversation was mediated by the biologist and vice president of Conservation International of Brazil, Rodrigo Medeiros.

In addition to questions about the film and the production of the documentary, the debate served to bring to the southeast axis of Brazil the concern with the model of development arbitrarily imposed on diverse regions of the Amazon by the soybean industry.

“By the literature, I knew several projects for the Amazon. But I experienced one of them, which is the Free Zone of Manaus, as well as the Ford project reported by Marcos [Colón]. More than 500 companies that in a violent migration of labor that later will be discarded. And the people, marginalized. Brazil has not learned from the degradation coming from large projects It is the social degradation that leads to human and social ill health. Brazil has not learned that this is not the way to deal with the Amazon”, criticized Professor Marcus Barros.

The next destination of the film is Germany. At the Rachel Carson for Environment and Society, in Munich, director Marcos Colón will participate in a screening of the film with debate, to be held on December 11, with the participation of historian Antoine Acker of the University of Zurich and Professor Kata Beilin of the Department of Portuguese and Spanish at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The discussion will be mediated by the director of Rachel Carson Center, Professor Christof Mauch. 

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BEYOND FORDLÂNDIA Première at the Geographic and Historical Institute of Amazonas (IGHA) in Manaus