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Mountains of Gold

Synopsis
Looks at the role of the EEC, the World Bank, and multinational mining companies in the destruction of the Amazon forest and how it is related to Brazil’s national debt? Filmed over four years at Sossego, Salabo, Serra Pelada and Carajes in Brazil, this film looks at gold, copper and iron ore mining in Amazonia and the effects it has on the people and forest around it. The amount of money at stake is considerable - $700m per year from one iron ore mine in 1985 to help pay off Brzil’s national debt. Not surprisingly such wealth creates bitter conflicts of interest between the Garimperios (poor prospectors who work as individuals, or as a co-operative of up to 80,000 people in the world’s largest open cast mine, illeglally invading company concession lands) and the big multinational companies. World Bank investment in a rail link for the mine has resulted in 1.5m acres of virgin forest becoming desert.
Series
Viewpoint, Series
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Video; Videocassette. VHS. col. 52 min.
Year of production
1989
Availability
out of distribution; 1993 sale: £25.00 (+VAT +p&p)
Subjects
Economics; Environmental science
Keywords
Brazil; developing countries; gold mining; mining; multinational corporations; rain forests

Production Company

Name

Central Independent Television

Notes
use Carlton UK Television

Distributor

Name

Carlton UK Television Ltd

Web
http://www.carlton.com External site opens in new window
Phone
0115 986 3322
Fax
0115 964 5202
Address
Video Resources Unit
East Midlands TV Centre
Lenton Lane
Nottingham
NG7 2NA

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