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Journalism class in Brazilian jungle

The Master of Journalism program at the University of British Columbia has recently received recognition as a result of its International Reporting Program documentary series entitled Beneath the Boom: The Price of Progress in Brazil.A The series began with Damming the Amazon and has ended on a high note with Dying for Land.A The series is produced in collaboration with The New York Times intending to examine the effects of Brazil’s energy and economic growth on both the environment and on the Brazilian people.
Damming the Amazon covers the long fought over construction of the Belo Monte hydroelectricity dam in the southern Amazon and the fears and protests of the indigenous people of that area.
Dying for Land focuses on the conflicts between the indigenous Guarani people of the Mato Grosso do Sul region in southwestern Brazil and the farmers who have occupied the lands for generations.
As the Guarani have attempted to return to their native lands, “what they’ve found are Brazilians farming the land, some for decades, and the clashes have resulted in a lot of bloodshed,“ said Professor Peter Klein, director of the program, who led the team of journalism students.A As the students discovered, the bloodshed had escalated to the unsolved and violent murder of Guarani Chief Nisio Gomes.A Shortly after release of the documentary, 18 arrests were made in connection with Gomes’ death and Dying for Land has been credited as having influence on this positive outcome.
This documentary series offers insight into this ongoing battle for land in Brazil. The full documentary series can be found atA www.internationalreporting.org/landbrazil/.

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