Film Showing: Beyond Fordlândia

Beyond Fordlândia (Documentary Feature - Runtime: 1hour10min)

An environmental account ninety years on from Henry Ford’s failure in the Amazon that left ravaged lands and a ghost town of shattered dreams.

In 1927 the Ford Motor Company attempted to establish rubber plantations on the Tapajós River, a primary tributary of the Amazon, yet despite Ford's pioneering spirit, the project was doomed to failure and provides a cautionary tale of senseless exploitation. The film draws parallels with the Ford era as it addresses the recent transition from failed rubber to successful soybean cultivation for export, highlighting the heartbreaking implications for the Amazonian land and its people.

Introduction and post-screening Q&A session with the film's director, Marcos Colón, led by Professor Laura Rival, Associate Professor of Anthropology and Development at ODID.

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Trailer # 0 (1 min 56 sec)

Trailer # 1 (2 min)

Trailer #2 (2 min 55 sec)

Trailer # 3 (1 min 35 sec)

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30 Jan
  • Director Marcos Colón
ODID Special Lectures & Seminars
The Ultimate Picture Palace, Cowley Road, Oxford OX4 1BN