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The Complex

The Complex

The Teles Pires Hydroelectric Complex was built upon indigenous sacred soil and impacted the Alto Tapajós basin, located in the Brazilian states of Pará and Mato Grosso. The documentary shows recurrent problems in environmental permits, studies and compensation of one of the most expensive construction works in Brazil. The hydroelectric complex comprises four major power plants. The Teles Pires is among them and it costed 3.3 billion of Brazilian currency, funded by the National Bank for Economic and Social Development. A legal instrument dated back from the military regime is used to prevent any interruption in the construction worksite of power plants: and injunction to assure the public order. However, the damaging consequences of the complex are seen in the water, fauna and flora from the Amazon Rainforest and the Brazilian Cerrado (savannah). Social movements and people affected by dams are silenced. Indigenous people also suffer state violence while protecting the land.

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