Amazon, the New Minamata?


WHEN November 27, 2023
6 PM WHERE NYU Abu Dhabi WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Open to the Public

Film by Brazilian filmmaker Jorge Bodanzky, followed by discussion with the director.
Location: NYU Abu Dhabi Conference Center (A6), Room 008

Doctors and researchers answer the urgent call of the indigenous people of the Amazon River basin, the Munduruku, and investigate how corporate mercury contamination is affecting indigenous tribes, riverside inhabitants, and even urban populations throughout the Amazon.

We follow the resistance work of internationally recognized Brazilian environmental activist and Munduruku native, Alessandra Korap as well as doctors including acclaimed neurosurgeon, Dr. Erik Jennings “Jungle MD”, a consultant to the Brazilian Ministry of Health who is on a quest to defend the health and cultures of the indigenous peoples of the Amazon.

Together with researchers, we discover that mercury, a heavy metal traditionally associated with gold mining, is linked to a wider range of industries and operations and is directly responsible for widespread forest destruction and groundwater poisoning.

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