CONFEDERATES OF THE AMAZON

By David MEYER, Helena SOLBERG

RADIANTE FILMES - as PROD

Documentary - Development 2014

Ray Bradbury has a short story about a group of earthlings colonizing Mars – who end up turning into Martians as Mars colonizes them. In Brazil, something similar happened to another group: former Confederate soldiers and their families who abandoned the US to forge a new life in the Amazon jungle.

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Documentary
    • Countries
    • BRAZIL
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, BRAZILIAN-PORTUGUESE
    • Budget
    • 0.3 - 0.6 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • David MEYER, Helena SOLBERG
    • Producer(s)
    • David MEYER (Radiante Filmes)
    • Synopsis
    • In 1865, the South was in flames. The Civil War had ended and the Confederate States of America were defeated. The Union had been preserved – at a cost of 600,000 lives. President Lincoln had freed the slaves and passed a Constitutional prohibition of slavery – and been killed by an assassin’s bullet. Most southerners would try to carry on and get back to their lives as part of the USA, but one small group would not. In all, several thousand former Confederates tore up their roots and took their families on a journey that would change them all forever. Their destination: the Amazon jungle. Their journey to the Amazon was long and dangerous. In those days, the Amazon was a wild no-man’s land. Brazil’s Emperor Pedro I opened the territory to “European” immigrants in an effort to “whitenize” Brazil! Slavery was still perfectly legal and the Confederates dreamt of recreating their slavocracy in the Amazon. This film tells the story of these families, and whose descendants still live in the region today. But they were transformed by the experience and nowadays are racially mixed and hold no allegiance to the dubious ideals of their forebears.
    • Partners & financing
    • R&D - The Ford Foundation
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Oct 01, 2014
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