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Story Publication logo September 27, 2022

Documentary: Pará—Land in Conflict (Portuguese)


A water tower is right next to a warehouse in Brazil.

In Anapu, Brazil, people are being murdered for land.

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This story excerpt was translated from Portuguese. To read the original story in full, visit Jornalismo TV Cultura. You may also view the original story on the Rainforest Journalism Fund website here. Our website is available in English, Spanish, bahasa Indonesia, French, and Portuguese.

The program, produced by the station's journalism department in partnership with the Amazon Rainforest Journalism Fund and the Pulitzer Center, documents the spreading violence in a region dominated by land grabbing and deforestation.

The report was shot in the cities of Anapu and Altamira, in Pará, and sheds light on the impact of the different conflicts that make up the region's history. Considered the largest municipality in Brazil, the city of Altamira grew up surrounded by trees and forests. Now it is in danger from the intense deforestation activities that are transforming its forest into pasture.

The documentary focuses on the multiple events that continue to mark these lands. The citizens of both Anapu and Altamira live amidst growing violence, fires and demolitions. In a land that seems to belong to no one, anything goes to intimidate the people who try to protect the forests.

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What began with the construction of the Transamazon highway—sponsored by the military dictatorship in the 1970s—today takes shape in the devastation that feeds an industry of illegal exploitation of forest timber. In this context, and without adequate state support, the indigenous people are trying to resist to the very end.

Pará—and in Conflict is produced and reported by journalist Lais Duarte, with images by Adriano Tavares and Erinaldo Clemente, production by Ricardo Ferreira, post-production by Leandro Silva, text edition by Jorge Valente, and directed by Simão Scholz.

Video by: Jornalismo TV Cultura. Brazil, 2022.