Published 11 October 2009
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It has taken a long time to get together the resources to edit and produce a video based on the footage we shot during the Heart of Brazil Expedition.
The full length cut is nearing completion and should run to about 35 minutes. The video below is a 4-minute trailer. If you would like to purchase a copy of the full video on DVD, check back in a week or two.
Our thanks go to Andy Fairgrieve for his unstinting efforts and the many, many hours he has put in to directing and editing the video.
We would like to thank Sydney Possuelo, the renowned Brazilian sertanist and expert on ‘uncontacted’ tribes, for the interview. We are also grateful to Gerard and Margi Moss for giving their permission for the inclusion of the Flying Rivers animation – see their site www.riosvoadores.com.br .
This version of the short video is uploaded at high quality and may therefore take some time to download, especially on slower internet connections. A lower quality version will shortly be available on YouTube – watch this space!
As well as the Heart of Brazil Exhibition, ten of Sue’s images of indigenous people are included in the Rainforest Foundation‘s 20th anniversary photographic exhibition at the Proud Gallery, Camden.
The exhibition runs from the 7th to the 18th October 2009. Proceeds from the sale of prints will go to support the work of both the Rainforest Foundation and Indigenous People’s Cultural Support Trust’s Tribes Alive initiative.
For further information click here.
During the Heart of Brazil Expedition, we identified several projects which we intend to support. I will be posting details of each project over the coming weeks.
The projects we are working to develop are, in brief:
- Purchase of boat for transporting crops, mainly bananas, from the village to the nearest road.
- Radio Xingu: provision of broadcast transmission equipment to allow the existing team to broadcast their material instead of sending it on CDs to the villages of the Xingu Indigenous Park.
- Xingu Indigenous Park: Geographical Information System for monitoring/policing the boundaries of the reserve.
- Various villages: establish a marketing/research facility to identify markets for products and products for markets, and to facilitate the sale of produce at advantageous prices.
- Various villages: facilitate growth and expansion of existing honey production by establishing a Fair Trade partner in the UK
- Establish Fair Trade partner in the UK or USA for chocolate (cacau) production; investigate organic certification; technical assistance in the propagation, collection, transport, storage and processing of cacau.
- Medicinal plant nursery so that the knowledge of medicinal plants can be safeguarded and extended.
- Reforestation of recovered land.
- Assistance with video camera and ancillary equipment for recording cultural and historic material.
- Assistance with recuperation of traditional crop plant species.