Distributor:  Bullfrog Films
Length:  54 minutes
Date:  1990
Genre:  Expository
Language:  English
Grade level: 9-12, College, Adult
Color/BW:  Color
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Mountains of Gold

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Gold mining in the Amazon is a dangerous and dirty business.

Mountains of Gold

Brazil has one of the world's largest untapped gold reserves and roughly 70% of its production is mined by freelance prospectors, or garimpeiros, who pan and dredge gold all over the forest on land licensed by the government to huge companies. The film follows Jova, a prospector famous among his colleagues for his illegal gold strikes, as he plays hide and seek with the security forces of Brazil's largest mining multinational. The main threat to the company, however, is the huge mine of Serra Pelada which is manually operated by garimpeiros.

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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, Nomad Films Ltd

Adrian Cowell, Nomad Films Ltd
Adrian Cowell

Docuseek2 subjects

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

Distributor subjects

Developing World
Forests and Rainforests
Latin America
Natural Resources


Brazil, Serra Pelada, gold reserves, mining, prospectors, garimpeiros,; "Mountains of Gold"; Bullfrog Films

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