Fri Mar 2, 2018 – 5:00 pm | Domenico’s
Directed by Marcos Colón
Brazil – USA | 75 min | 2017
Written and directed by Marcos Colón, Beyond Fordlândia (2017, 75 min) presents an environmental account of Henry Ford’s Amazon experience decades after its failure. The story addressed by the film begins in 1927, when the Ford Motor Company attempted to establish rubber plantations on the Tapajós River, a primary tributary of the Amazon. This film addresses the recent transition from failed rubber to successful soybean cultivation for export, and its implication for land usage.
A dissertator in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese and a Graduate Student Associate of the Center for Culture, History, and Environment (CHE) of UW-Madison’s Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies. His research focuses on the representation of the Amazon in 20th-Century Brazilian literature from an environmental studies perspective. In particular, he is examining a variety of viewpoints from the post-rubber era Amazon through written texts, oral reports, and films; observing changes in the region, its nature and its people.
In 2016, he visited the Amazon forest in Peru and Brazil, with support from the Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies, the Center for Culture, History and Environment (CHE) and the Latin American, Caribbean and Iberian Studies Program (LACIS). Colón recently produced a short documentary Zo’é (2017, 10 min) based on his visit to the uncontacted Zo’é tribe. The film presents a close up into the Zo’é life as seen by doctor Erik Jennings, who serves the medical needs of the tribe.