Five decades in the Amazon: destruction, reconstruction, resistance


WHEN November 28, 2023
4 PM WHERE NYU Abu Dhabi WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Open to the Public

Public talk by Brazilian filmmaker Jorge Bodanzky.
Location: NYU Abu Dhabi West Administration Building (A3) Room 001

Over five decades of periodic visits to the Amazon region, Brazilian filmmaker Jorge Bodanzky has seen that its problems only get worse, whichever governments are in power. Since the 1970s, we have witnessed forest burning, deforestation, land grabbing, slave labor, child prostitution, and illegal mining, with the consequent contamination of rivers and tributaries. And what makes him continue his work as a documentary filmmaker? The realization that, faced with the omission of the State, riverside communities and indigenous leaders have been organizing themselves more and more, forming the only effective belt of environmental protection in the region.

About the director
Jorge Bodanzky is an award-winning Brazilian cinematographer, director and documentary filmmaker. He is the most prolific documentarian of the Amazon, having shot dozens of movies and television shows in the world’s largest and most biodiverse rainforest. He graduated in Cinema in Germany from the Ulm School of Design, Institute for Film Design (Institut Fur Filmgestaltung HFG Ulm) and began his career as a photographer and cameraman in the late 1960’s, shooting 35mm and 16mm feature-length fiction and documentary films. Bodanzky’s prodigious body of work has garnered him 18 wins and 6 nominations.

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