About the Film
After 30 years of experience in the Amazon, author and lawyer Mark London shares a unique perspective on an issue with global consequences: Can twenty-one million people and the rainforest share the same space? With levels of deforestation approaching the point of no return at an alarming rate, London poses a provocative alternative to the age-old mantra, “leave the forest untouched.”
The daily struggles and hopes of more than twenty million Brazilians who live in the Amazon, mostly in cities, are rarely present in analyses and images that inform perceptions of the region outside Brazil. The Amazon is generally portrayed as a land of mystery populated by indigenous people surrounded by exotic fauna and flora in an environment threatened by encroaching mining, farming and other economic activities. Mark London offers a different, decidedly less romantic and more realistic perspective in Shark Loves the Amazon – a documentary he produced after three decades of extensive travels and two books he wrote about the region with journalist Brian Kelly. The film depicts the hard realities of a region attempting to find the path to a sustainable model of development that promotes economic activity while preserving Earth’s last great forest and its unparalleled concentration of biodiversity.
What Others Are Saying…
Recommended. Shark Loves the Amazon does an excellent job of highlighting how complex the issue of deforestation is.
Science Books and Films, American Association for the Advancement of Science
Mark London, with a lifetime of experience in the Amazon region, offers plans and examples for sustainable development and habitation in the area without destroying the rainforest.
Anthropology Review Database
Focuses on the history of occupation of the Amazon when the country was under a military regime, and the challenges and opportunities to build a sustainable model that preserves the world’s last major rainforest and supports the livelihood of the inhabitants of the Brazilian Amazon. It offers a powerful example of the synergy between sustainability and conservation.
Brazil Institute, Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars
Sets out to put a ‘human face’ on the issue of deforestation, suggesting there is a deeper moral conundrum than just saving flora and fauna. Instead, the world should consider the well-being of the people living in the Amazon rainforest…
Jessica Perry, Hola Cultura
Produced by Mark London
Directed & Edited by Cidney Hue & Adrian Vasquez de Velasco
Adapted from The Last Forest, Written by Mark London and Brian Kelly
Music & Sound by Andrew Wollner
Animations by Phraxos Films & Steve Girard
Archival Photos by Kevin Horan
Narrated by Mary Sarah Agliotta
Featuring Interviews from Jaime Benchimol, Eduardo Braga, Philip Fearnside, Thomas E. Lovejoy, Charles Mann, Denis Minev, & Virgilio Viana