Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  55 minutes
Date:  1990
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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The Killing of Chico Mendes

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The story of rainforest defender, Chico Mendes, that ended with his 1988 assassination.

The Killing of Chico Mendes

The series concludes with the story of Chico Mendes whose brutal murder on December 22, 1988, provoked international protest and brought worldwide attention to the problem of Amazonian deforestation. The film follows his rise to prominence as the leader of the rubber-tappers, or seringueiros. The seringueiros have lived in the rainforest for over 100 years, susbsisting by tapping native rubber, collecting Brazil nuts, and other ecologically sustainable activities. Seeing their way of life threatened, Mendes formed the seringueiros into a union and led the fight to halt the devastation of the rainforest and to create protected areas, called 'extractive reserves,' to be managed by local seringueiros communities.

'Packed with information, this documentary sheds new light on the issue...Highly recommended, this is an outstanding choice.' ****Video Rating Guide for Libraries


Gold Apple, National Educational Film and Video Festival
American Film and Video Festival


Main credits

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

Other credits

Camera, Vicente Rios; editor, Jim Astrausky.

Distributor credits

Adrian Cowell, Ludgate Ltd

Adrian Cowell, Ludgate Ltd
Adrian Cowell

Docuseek2 subjects

Forests and Rainforests
Citizenship, Social Movements and Activism
20th Century
International Relations and Geopolitics
Latin American History

Distributor subjects

Current Affairs
Developing World
Forests and Rainforests
International Issues
Latin America


Chico Mendes,; murder, Amazonian deforestation, rubber-tappers; "The Killing of Chico Mendes"; Bullfrog Films

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