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Part 6: Fordlândia

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In the sixth and final episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford takes time off to visit Fordlândia, Henry Ford's failed attempt to create rubber plantations in the Brazilian Amazon.
In the fifth episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford continues eastwards along the Transamazônica highway to the town of Altamira, which, due to the Belo Monte hydroelectric power station, is expanding at a momentous rate.
In the fourth episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford visits the Sister Dorothy Sustainable Development Project (PDS), named after the American religious sister murdered in 2005 for her opposition to abuses by landowners and loggers.

Part 3: Uruará

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In the third episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford reaches Uruará, a town of some 50,000 inhabitants on the Transamazônica highway.

Part 2: Santarém

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In the second episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford reaches Santarém, a sleepy river-port located precisely where the green water of the Tapajós river flows in to the red, muddier water of the Amazon.

Part 1: São Paulo

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In the first episode of her journey, LAB editor Sue Branford visits São Paulo where she lived in the 1970s under the military dictatorship.

Rio, one year on

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Back in Brazil after a year's absence, Sue Branford feels the change -after decades of inertia brought about by the co-option of social movements by the PT, the country is coming alive again.

Midia Ninja, alternative news

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Founded as part of the Fora do Eixo, to stage and film local festivals, this collective of young journalists is challenging the established might of TV Globo.
The company in charge of environmental impact studies for hydro-electric plants on the Tapajos river does not like journalists.
The advent of a mining company spells conflict and potential environmental damaga

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