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Brazil: landless people achieve advances in the face of government indifference

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The first presidency of PT’s Dilma Roussef was a big disappointment for the landless movement (MST) in Brazil, with very little progress on agrarian reform, even less than was achieved under the two administrations of PSDB President Fernando Henrique Cardoso (1995-2003). But away from Brasilia real advances are continuing. A new documentary film, with English subtitles, tells the story of an MST settlement in Rio Grande do Sul — the struggle to win the land, the advances for women, and their success in creating an economically viable agroecological way of farming. It’s really interesting and well made but, be warned, it’s over an hour long: you can watch it here.

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