Life and Times of ADRIAN COWELL, The
Courtesy of In the Ashes of the Forest Part 1
Directed by: Adrian Cowell
Venue: American University, Center for Environmental Filmmaking
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The Life and Times of ADRIAN COWELL
A Memorial Tribute to the Award-winning documentary filmmaker of the Amazon
Hosted by Chris Palmer, Director, Center for Environmental Filmmaking, American University. Introduced by Barbara Bramble, Senior Advisor for International Climate and Energy, National Wildlife Federation
Adrian Cowell’s groundbreaking “Decade of Destruction” film series uncovered the causes of devastating Amazon fires, tracking the human victims of policy decisions; invasions of indigenous lands by landless settlers; the World Bank’s highway paving folly and conflicts between cattle ranchers and rubber tappers led by Chico Mendes, Amazonia’s forest martyr. Cowell’s documentary enabled these poor and desperate people to tell their own stories, as they were pitted against each other, with tragic consequences.
IN THE ASHES OF THE FOREST – PART 1 (USA, 1993, 52 min.) This first film of the “Decade of Destruction” series tracks Renato and Maria, who tried to homestead in the cleared forest, but their crops failed year after year. The family was attacked by furious members of the Uru Eu Wau Wau tribe, who had never been in contact with whites. Two of their sons were murdered and another kidnapped by the Indians. While a government expedition searches for the child, the colonists’ expansion continues to encroach on the Indians.
Discussion, moderated by Chris Palmer, with Barbara Bramble and Steve Schwartzman, Director of Forest Policy, Environmental Defense Fund, and Cowell’s daughter, Boojie Cowell follows the screening of film highlights. They will discuss how Cowell’s films were used by environmental advocates in Washington, D.C. and Brasilia to change World Bank and Brazilian government policies over the decade of the 1980s.
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