"The Charcoal People"
Directed by Nigel Noble
Academy Award-winning director Nigel Noble's devastating documentary about
the peasant workers who make charcoal for Brazil's steel industry documents
the injustices of economics in the world as well as any film in recent
memory. Plagued by lung disease and poor nutrition, these workers still
barely make a living from their backbreaking labor. The film addresses the
dual exploitation of their occupation--the workers are cut down almost as
severely as the rain forests their work destroys. Portuguese with English
subtitles. 70 minutes.