Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  27 minutes
Date:  2005
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 7-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Geraldo's Brazil

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Five years later, Life rejoins a Brazilian factory worker affected by the globalized economy.

Life 4 - Geraldo's Brazil

Life examines the effects of globalization through the story of Geraldo Da Souza, a worker at Ford in Sao Paolo, Brazil. In 1999, he was among 2000 workers laid off from his factory during the 'international financial crisis'. Life filmed him then, trying to work out the connection between the financial crises in Asia, Russia and Brazil and understand the impact of globalization. In this film we will look at the effects of globalization over the past 5 years through Geraldo's life and eyes. And we examine how institutions like the IMF and the World Bank have been dealing with a government which had in mind not to pay its external debt.

'The importance of these films is that they are intended to raise awareness about global issues in young people, and can be used by anyone for this purpose. The quality of the films is excellent. They are documentaries about the U.N. Millennium Development Goals and include brief interviews with people who are actually involved in MDG programs, from various institutions and from the grassroots to executive level...The objective evidence about the current global crisis of insecurity, poverty, gender inequalities, environmental degradation, and lack of international cooperation is presented in a way that is both realistic and non-inflammatory.

Children are the future. Educational materials such as the Bullfrog Films are very important for the future of both humanity and the human habitat...The Bullfrog Films certainly can and should be shown to children, especially to high school students. But these films are most appropriate for those who prepare the children for responsible citizenship, including global citizenship. They are certainly appropriate for parents who want their children to know about the need for human solidarity and environmental sustainability. And, they are most appropriate for training teachers to plant the seed of global concerns in their students' minds and hearts.' Luis Gutierrez, Editor, Solidarity, Sustainability, and Non-Violence Research Newsletter


Main credits

Barrat, Patrice (film director)
Gawin, Luke (film producer)
Richards, Jenny (consultant)

Other credits

Editors, Danielle Gaynor, Shay J. Katz.

Distributor credits

Brenda Kelly

Patrice Barrat

Brenda Kelly
Patrice Barrat
Series Producer: Luke Gawin
Series Consultant: Jenny Richards

Docuseek2 subjects

Labor Studies
Finance, Speculation and Debt
International Relations and Geopolitics
Economic Anthropology
Government Policy
Latin American Studies

Distributor subjects

American Studies
Business Practices
Developing World
Global Issues
International Studies
Latin American Studies
Millennium Development Goals
United Nations


globalization, Brazil, Sao Paolo, IMF, World Bank, debt, France, factories, industry, United States; "Geraldo's Brazil"; Bullfrog Films

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