The Charcoal People

1999, Movie, NR, 70 mins

The Charcoal People
Inspired by Brazilian photographer Marcos Prado's 1992 photo essay, this beautifully shot documentary exposes an ugly reality: The lives of the so-called "charcoal people" (carvoeiros), impoverished migrant workers who travel from one decimated Brazilian forest to another, cutting and burning trees to supply the steel industry with charcoal. The brief but informative opening titles explain that charcoal is combined with iron ore to make pig iron, a crude iron used in the automobile and construction industries. Foreign demand for pig iron has thus contributed to the extensive destruction of the Atlantic Forest and the Scrub Savannas, a massive deforestation tha...
Released: 1999 Rated: NR Length: 70 mins

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