Eternal Amazon

(Amazônia eterna)
Belisario Franca | Documentary

2013 | 88 minutes | Brazil

A critical analysis of how the world’s largest tropical rainforest is understood and utilized. The film asks whether it is possible for humans to make sustainable use the Amazon by featuring nine successful projects that directly benefit the local population and foster good economic partnerships.


The Amazon is a vast laboratory for sustainable experiments that are revealing new relationships among human beings, corporations, and the natural heritage crucial for life on the planet. This is where the guidelines are being drawn up for a new global economic model: the green economy.

With an astonishing soundtrack and cinematography, Eternal Amazon presents a critical analysis of how the world’s largest tropical rainforest is understood and utilized. Exploring the Amazon’s five million square kilometers—home to 20% of the world’s freshwater reserves—the film asks whether it is possible for humans to make sustainable use of the rainforest by featuring nine successful projects for sustainable forest use that directly benefit the local population and foster good economic partnerships. Experts like economist Sergio Besserman, ecologists Bertha Becker and Virgilio Viana, and Amazonians themselves explain activities such as agriculture, fisheries, and animal husbandry. The film portrays the daily lives of the forest people as the guardians of this great natural heritage that, if properly managed, could last into eternity.


"Cinema has discussed issues about Amazonia, but never like in this film." — Estado de São Paulo

"Amazônia Eterna explained the rain forest in a way I had never understood it before, but the film fascinated me as cinema, as an admirable aesthetic experience." — Luiz Carlos Merten, Good Planet, Estadao

"To remove ourselves from the urban idea we have as habitants of the city and to introduce ourselves in the middle of the life of the Amazon rainforest in Latin America is the main purpose of this amazing documentary. The proposal is interesting because it doesn't intend to show the negative aspects, from the environmental point of view, that run through this beautiful area of Latin American nature. Instead, seeks to showcase projects that are being carried out with a positive outcome when thinking in terms of a green economy." — Sustenator

Main credits

França, Belisário (film director)
França, Belisário (screenwriter)
Lenti, Bianca (screenwriter)
Motta, Yan (screenwriter)
Cunha, Maria Carneiro da (film producer)

Other credits

Cinematography, Gustavo Hadba, Lula Cerri; editor, Yan Motta; music, Armand Amar.

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International Documentary Film Festival Amsterdam
Green Screens Film Society of Lincoln Center
Rio Film Festival
Brooklyn Film Festival
Denver Film Festival
DocBrazil Festival

DIRECTOR: Belisario Franca


YEAR: 2013

GENRE: Documentary

LANGUAGE: Portuguese

COLOR / B&W: Color

GRADE LEVEL: High School, College, Adults



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