Children of the Amazon (educational)

    • Directed by: Denise Zmekhol
    • Produced by: Denise Zmekhol
    Running Time: 72 min
    English, Portuguese, Monde 

    The expectant, innocent gazes of the beautiful, brown-eyed children of the Surui and Negarote tribes look out from photographs Brazilian filmmaker Denise Zmekhol took some 15 years ago. Now, as these captivating images lure her back to the rainforest to see what has become of this young generation of indigenous Amazonians, she is stunned by the dramatic changes in their way of life. As massive deforestation wreaks havoc on their land, the now-grown children of once isolated tribes awkwardly straddle the worlds of their native traditions and of ever-encroaching Western civilization. Tribal leaders walk a treacherous line between economic survival and sustaining the legacy of cultural-environmental preservation of activists like Chico Mendes, who risked his life to forge an alliance between indigenous people and the rubber tappers that use the forest for their livelihoods. Haunting music and lush cinematography beautifully render this life-and-death story that, ultimately, affects the entire planet.

    Awards

    • Jules Verne Award for Best Picture, Paris- France
    • Jules  Verne Youth Choice Award, Paris- France
    • DC Environmental Film Festival -Link TV Award for Outstanding Environmental Film-DC, USA
    • The Indie Fest Award: Best Film-USA
    • The Accolade Film Awards- USA: Best Film
    • The Accolade Film Award of Excellence: Cinematography
    • The Accolade Film Award- Honorable Mention: Original Score
    • Award- Honorable Mention: Content Message
    • Award of Merit in Film -LASA, Latin American Studies Association 

      Quotes

      “… the handsomely shot doc somehow never feels rushed, in part due to the personal affection Zmekhol evinces for her tribal subjects.”
      – VARIETY

      "One of the top films I have seen this year."
      – YNOT at the Movies

      “heart stopping...”
      – SF WEEKLY

      “…you will be moved”
      – PACIFIC SUN

      “… Denise Zmekhol can capture the soul of a subject and bring it to life with compelling, palpable emotions.”
      – Alex Keckes, THE INDIE

      "A stunning documentary about one of the most impressive environments on the planet" Harley Shaiken,
      – CENTER FOR LATIN AMERICAN STUDIES, UC BERKELEY

      "… a must see for anyone who cares about the rights of Indigenous people and the survival of our planet." 
      – Leila Salazar-Lopez, RAINFOREST ACTION NETWORK

      "Beautifully filmed and compassionately told, Children of the Amazon … offers both a provocative perspective on the human costs of economic development and an inspirational example of local resistance." Victoria Langland,
      – UC DAVIS