Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  51 minutes
Date:  1990
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Killing for Land

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Squatters face off against gunmen hired by absentee landlords in the Amazon.

Killing for Land

In Brazil during the past two decades, nearly 24 million small farmers have lost their land, while almost half of Brazil's arable land is now owned by 1% of the population. Millions of poor farmers have migrated to the Amazon as homesteaders, and many have moved onto massive ranches carved out of the rainforest by large companies. These absentee landlords often leave the land idle and hold it purely for speculation. Violence erupts when the squatters begin to work the land and the landowners hire gunmen to frighten them off.

'A very well-made documentary with a strong point of view...It argues implicitly that the problem of how to save the rainforest is an economic and political as well as an ecological one.' Video Rating Guide for Libraries


American Film and Video Festival


Main credits

Cowell, Adrian (Director)
Cowell, Adrian (Screenwriter)
James, Roger (Producer)
Kirk, Michael (Screenwriter)
Lyman, Will (Narrator)

Other credits

Editor, Jim Astrausky.

Distributor credits

Adrian Cowell, Nomad Films Ltd

Adrian Cowell, Nomad Films Ltd
Adrian Cowell

Docuseek2 subjects

Forests and Rainforests
20th Century
Latin American History
International Relations and Geopolitics
Latin American Studies

Distributor subjects

Current Affairs
Developing World
Forests and Rainforests
International Issues
Latin America


Amazon,; Brazil,; small farmers, absentee landlords; "Killing for Land"; Bullfrog Films

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