Os Carvoeiros

(The Charcoal People)

The dusty patterns of the charcoal people in Brazil show them as lost figures in a fading horizon who are never able to raise themselves above the enveloping smoke or the poverty trap.The forests diminish as the wood is burnt and these men and boys toil to survive while the charcoal resulting from their work is converted abroad to steel in American industries.The poor man's cycle of felling the trees, building the ovens, and burning the wood never seems to end in they continue endlessly in their nomadic lifestyle. Sixty thousand people barely manage to survive this hellish existence and often wind up with broken backs, blackened lungs, and worn lives. English director Nigel Nobel was inspired to pursue and film the lives of these people by the photographic work of Marco Prados.

Have a look at the other IDFA 2000 reviews:

Wahlkämpfer (The Election Campaigners)
The Video Diary of Ricardo Lopez
The Eyes of Tammy Faye
AJAX - Daar Hoorden Zij Engelen Zingen (AJAX - Where They Heard The Angels Singing)
11 and 12
Havanna, Mi Amor (Havana, My Love)

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