Guardians of the Amazon

2020, Environment  -   6 Comments
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Ratings: 7.17/10 from 29 users.

Deforestation rates have doubled in the Amazon rainforest. Brazil's far-right president has embraced the destruction of this precious environmental resource in favor of increased commercial development. Meanwhile, the indigenous people who populate the forest remain largely voiceless and victimized. That is, with the exception of one group - a secretive team known as the Guardians - who hunt down loggers who illegally pillage their home land and bring them to justice. In the tense documentary Guardians of the Amazon, ABC News embeds a camera crew with this group as they embark on a series of raids in the jungle.

Armed with rifles, machetes and bullet proof vests, the Guardians utilize maps, satellite images and good old-fashioned detective work to search for the signs of their prey. Their thirst for retribution is understandable; for as long as many of them can recall, the loggers have pushed them from their homes, cut down their trees, and transformed their plush lands into barren cattle pastures. More than 1/3 of their lands have been destroyed, and the intrusion of the logging and cattle communities show little signs of slowing.

Not all villagers are as adamant in their efforts to stop encroaching industry. In fact, some tribes accept a nominal fee to look the other way. But the Guardians are a different breed. They put their lives on the line to protect their land, which they view as a birthright for their children and grandchildren.

Cameras capture the clan as they track down and interrogate potential loggers at gun point. They eventually happen upon an informer who agrees to guide them to larger operations. A palpable sense of dread and danger blanket their every step through the jungle. By the conclusion of their journey, they will suffer grave injuries and even a fatality.

The president's public rhetoric evokes a disturbing apathy to their plight. The filmmakers' attempts to hold the government's feet to the fire only results in denials.

A terrific work of investigative journalism, Guardians of the Amazon places you in the center of a volatile conflict and gives voice to the warriors who struggle on its front lines.

Directed by: Brian Epstein

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6 Comments / User Reviews

  1. Grik Simsang

    Very sad to see this crime; May God protect the Guajajara tribe and al those indeginious people in Amazon

  2. David Denyer

    Enlightening alternative to the fake news - real story with the real people fighting the fight.

  3. sulakshashana

    Brilliant.. exposure of mindless. Destruction n tragedy..one man's greed
    Needs global support...

  4. mrj

    "Brazil's far-right president has embraced the destruction of this precious environmental resource in favor of increased commercial development..." in your poor opinion.

  5. GunnarInLA

    "...A terrific work of investigative journalism, Guardians of the Amazon places you in the center of a volatile conflict and gives voice to the warriors who struggle on its front lines...."
    ...but only 5.50 from 12 "users"...?
    ...I guess I'll have to watch it...

    1. GunnarInLA

      ...so I watched it – and I gave it 9 stars...this...is a rare documentary...and there was real risk involved in making it, obviously, as you would see if you watched it.
      Words on pages are great and I love to read, but this documentary reminds me again of how powerful video and film can be and how infinitely richer and more vivid one's impression gets when watching a record of this kind.
      (My "vote" pushed the number up a lot closer to 7, but who and why managed to "down-vote" it the way it was – this documentary deserves at least 8...from anybody....)