Children of the Amazon / Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops

Journey with Brazilian filmmaker Denise Zmekhol to the heart of the Amazon rainforest in search of the indigenous children she photographed fifteen years ago. Children of the Amazon invites you to see through the eyes of these inspiring, remarkably resilient people whose lives are transformed by a road carved through their forest home by an outside world. From Chief Amir Surui’s embattled efforts to stop illegal loggers to the assassination of legendary rubber tapper Chico Mendes, this poetic and visually stunning film engages our senses and sympathies as global issues take on a profound human perspective.

Also in 2008 Zmekhol produced and directed the short documentary Trading Bows and Arrows for Laptops with Google Earth Outreach as Google trained Indigenous Amazonian tribes to use Google Earth. The film documents the partnership between Google and the indigenous tribes to create maps that record cultural traditions and monitor the forest to prevent illegal logging.