Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
For many centuries, most of the good farming land in Brazil has been owned by a few fabulously wealthy families. The poor and peasants have been forced to make do with whatever little plots of land these families will allow them to till, or with the wages they get for farming for the great landowners. In 1985, 1500 poor Brazilians invaded a huge farm in Rio Grande do Sul and claimed it for their own, making a village there. While the government and landowners pressed for the occupation to end, the villagers used the power of publicity to press for land reform -- something often promised in every South American country and never yet delivered in any meaningful way. This documentary tells the story of that occupation.