Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
In a never-ending quest to prove the intractable stupidity of the human species, the Brazilian government has been offering poor campesinos "free" land in the Amazon jungle if they will clear and farm it. This not only accelerates the destruction of one of the world's most important rainforests but obliterates the resources needed by the indigenous people who live there. Also, since the soil there is mostly laterite, it turns to stone after only a few years of exposure to the air. In that way, even more jungle is destroyed and even the poor peasants who clear it don't get any long-lasting benefit from it. In this drama, a group of new settlers become embroiled in a conflict with the recently impoverished Indians and must enter the jungle to recover someone the Indians kidnapped for revenge. Along the way, the film shows the devastation wrought by "progress" on the jungle.