A Vida em Cana (In Cane for Life)
Winner of the 2002 International Press Academy Golden Satellite Award for Best Motion Picture Documentary, and other 13 international awards. The film was shot (for only $30,000) during the 7 months of the Brazilian sugar cane harvest, portraying the life of what may be the last generation of Brazil´s 800,000 sugar cane cutters. In 2000 the National Congress ruled that by 2015 practically all harvest will have to be mechanized, therefore slowly eliminating the burning of the cane. Machines thar cut and equivalent of 200 men a day are substituting workers…social problems in small cane dependent towns are arising while thousands are being laid off.