THE DOCUMENTARY FILM
When a big budget Warner Brother's movie project about slain Brazilian activist Chico Mendes goes bust, Bill Day, Terry Schwartz and Caito Martins head deep into the Amazon to find out who Chico Mendes really was and why Hollywood couldn't make a big budget film about him.
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Sometimes called "The Ghandi of the Amazon" Chico Mendes was a Rubber Tapper who lived and worked in Brazil's Amazon region. During the 1980's Chico became a politiical activist interested in protecting the rights of Rubber Tappers against the invasion of cattle ranchers. His struggle caught the attention of international environmentalists who saw Chico's resistance movement as a fight to save the rainforest. Chico and the ecologists worked together for a short period, but then Chico was murdered by ranching interests in late1988. This news, which appeared on the front page of the New York York Times, set off a feeding frenzy of movie producers anxious to tell the story of Chico as an eological martyr. Warner Brothers won the rights to make the movie and spent over 7 million dollars preparing their epic. But then the movie studio abruptly cancelled the project. And that is where our film RUBBER JUNGLE begins. It is a journey up the Amazon river that is as much about the natural history of rubber as it is about who Chico Mendes really was and why Hollywood couldn't make a big budget movie out of his story. We think it is a story that lies at the heart of why the Amazon rainforest continues to burn while the whole world agrees it should be saved.

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Chico Mendes at home in Xapuri, Acre Brazil with Family
Filmmakers Bill Day and Terry Schwartz head up river with Caito Martins