The Sugar Cane Hedge / Acercadacana

Over decades, giant sugar and bio-fuel interests have forced 15,000 families off their land in the Pemambuco region of Brazil. This film by the independent producers ‘Coletivo Asterisco’ follows the struggles of Maria Francisca, one of the handful of remaining small farmers, boxed in all around by a wall of sugar cane, but still holding out against the corporations.

Maria Francisca, outraged by the way her father was treated, decided to oppose the big ethanol refinery and refused to leave the house she had lived in for more than 40 years. Most of her neighbours, local people who inherited their land from their parents, have been threatened and forced away, letting their farms be destroyed in order to make more space for sugar cane plantations.

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