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design by Lewis Manalo © Pisco Films, 2014

design by Lewis Manalo © Pisco Films, 2014

Shot in Brazil, Colombia, and Peru, AMAZONIA is a documentary that focuses on the current clash between preservation and development in the South American rainforest, offering a series of four vignettes on four rivers of the Amazon River Basin.

On the Xingu, one of the largest dams in the world is being built, draining 70 miles of  river life and displacing close to sixty thousand settlers and indigenous people.  On the banks of the Rio Negro stands the bustling city of Manaus, where two million inhabitants thrive in the center of the rainforest.  On the Amacayacu River, 400 indigenous people struggle to maintain their cultural heritage while opening their society to the world.  And tying them all together, is the great Amazon River.

Pisco Films uses the documentary format to provide an experience of South American culture and its social and environmental issues.  AMAZONIA continues exploring the history of resources in South America initiated with CERRO RICO, TIERRA RICA (2012, 90 minutes), a documentary film about two mining communities in southwestern Bolivia.  CERRO RICO, TIERRA RICA has been selected by eleven international film festivals around the world.