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Serra Pelada - A Lenda Da Montanha De Ouro (2013)

Documentary about the legendary gold prospection site (garimpo) of Serra Pelada (The Naked Mountain), in the north of Brazil, telling some of its secret stories and a new perspective about ... See full summary »

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Documentary about the legendary gold prospection site (garimpo) of Serra Pelada (The Naked Mountain), in the north of Brazil, telling some of its secret stories and a new perspective about the trajectory of some people who found fortune or disgrace in one of the biggest gold rush of the twentieth century. Written by TvZero

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Gold Fever in Pará
30 November 2013 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

This movie was shown today as part of the Toronto Brazilian Film Fest. It tells the story of the discovery of the first gold nugget by the farmer Genésio da Silva in 1979 at the Serra Pelada (Bald Mountain) and the eventual gold rush that dominated the area. The film interviews a complete cross section of people who participated in this unique Brazilian adventure, from the various Garimpeiros that made it big with mammoth hauls of literally Kg of gold, to executives from various Brazilian government ministries and mining companies to news reporters. We see original film footage of the working day life of the miners. The shots really have the feel of a Cecil B. DeMille biblical movie, Moses trampling straw to make clay. The other side of the story is explained in that the miners or Garimpeiros each had a fair plot to work on, and although the work was hard and dirty, they got paid huge sums if they struck it rich. The gold was sold to the government directly and it was so rich that it was melted down on the spot. A fascinating portrayal of a major event in the life of North Eastern Brazil. The area is finally sold to a consortium of organizations, one of which is a mining company from Canada. Who knows what the future holds. As with all adventurers, with great gains also come great losses.


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