TERRA VERMELHA

Terra Vermelha documents the ongoing environmental and social crises affecting the Amazon Rainforest. The Amazon Rainforest is the most biologically diverse region on the planet; it provides a crucial buffer against the effects of climate change and is home to thousands of undiscovered species. But it’s also a region of extreme violence, poverty and cruelty, where deforestation, land grabbing, illegal mining and drug trafficking are leading to the demise of the forest and its people. The title – which means red earth in Portuguese – is a reference to the Amazon’s red brown soil, but also the savage bloodshed that has stalked the region for centuries. Now however, scientists say the forest is reaching a crucial tipping point and if deforestation and environmental destruction don’t stop the forest will begin a slow but unstoppable process of desertification. The project sheds light on how murder, crime, corruption and greed contribute to the destruction of the world’s last great remaining tropical forest.

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