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The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story (1994)

The Burning Season (original title)
Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ... See full summary »

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Won 3 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »
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Jair
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Wilson Pinheiro
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Based on the true story of a Brazilian rubber tapper who leads his people in protest against government and developers, who want to cut down their part of the rainforest for a new road and ranch land. The rich and the powerful will stop at nothing, and frequently resort to murder. Written by Rob Hartill

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The Burning Season: The Chico Mendes Story  »

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During the scene of Wilson Pinheiro's execution, the characters are watching a well-known moment from the TV series Vale Tudo. This wouldn't be possible since this series would only be released in 1988 while Pinheiro was killed in 1980. See more »

Quotes

Galvao: [on the news stories about Mendes campaigns around the world to save the forests] Chico, please. Do you really think this is in good taste? To embarrass your countrymen and your government in the eyes of the world?
Chico Mendes: [opening an envelope and putting on a table the bullets that killed Jair] Is it in good taste to put nine bullets in a man's body?
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Referenced in Rubber Jungle (1994) See more »

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Good Earth Day Film
22 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

It's a "true story" but I was left wondering: "Is it "Hollywood true" or "true-true"?" The bad guys are really bad and the good guys are really good.

Although the environmental issues are addressed and resolved were the economic issues ever resolved? I was left hanging. The issue is: it it possible to have environmental friendliness while being able to build a middle class?

There's a nude scene that is nice to look at but left me wondering how it was necessary to further the story.

The film did raise issues to discuss: the company store, liberation theology, the rain forest, non-violent protest and development versus saving the environment.

It is a good Earth Day film to view and then have a discussion. This is especially true for Americans who are the worst polluters in the world and tend to look to the rain forest instead of in their own backyards.

The performances are very good. Be prepared to cry.


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