We are deeply grateful to Nelson Coelho de Castro and Bebeto Alves for their contribution of the original soundtrack and of previously recorded music. Nelson and Bebeto are legends of Musica Popular Gaucho (Popular Gaucho Music), and more information on their extensive work can be found in the links below.
Nelson worked with accordian player Matheus Kleber and musician/producer Monica Tomasi at Estúdio Nika (Nika Studios) in Porto Alegre, to develop variations of his piece Viaja para Casa (Traveling Home), which together comprise the soundtrack for this film.
Bebeto generously gave permission to use his hit "Somos Um Bando" from his self-titled work Bebeto Alves.
Cecilia Engels and Andreas worked closely in the Editing of this film. Cecilia is the award winning director of several fiction and documentary films, including Nao Deixe Joana Só (Don't Leave Joana Alone). She studied film in Sao Paulo and NYC, and currently lives in Sao Paulo.
Andreas Hernandez is Chair of the Department of International Studies at Marymount Manhattan College. He has a background in social work and music and holds a Doctorate in Development Sociology from Cornell University. Andreas is interested in emerging worldviews and practices for a more just and sustainable world.
This film examines a cooperative of the Brazilian Landless Movement (MST) in the South of Brazil, which struggled for access to land and then transitioned to ecological agriculture, or agroecology. This MST cooperative is demonstrating the possibility of an alternative model of flourishing rural life, which provides thriving livelihoods for farmers, produces high quality and low cost food for the region, and rehabilitates the earth.
"Best Environmental Film" - Mexico International Film Festival
Cornell Latin American
Festival of New Cinema
Rio de Janeiro
International Film Fest
NEZ International Film Festival
Reclaim the Fields UK Film Series
May Day Labor
Transition Town Totnes Film Series
New York City