This vast and remote Brazilian state measures approx. 350,000 square miles and was once densely covered with intact rainforest and extensive savannah. But Europe's and Asia's insatiable appetite for meat and their increasing demand for soy, as feed for cattle and poultry, turned the state, over a course of about fifteen years, into the country's largest exporter of agricultural produce.

Industrial agriculture today produces enormous profits for the corporations involved, while the local population of Mato Grosso is confronted with the ecological and social aftermath of the soy-boom.

Indigenous population, small-time farmers and large-scale agricultural industrialists stand fiercely opposed in a deadly struggle for land, self-determination and profit.



Faces of the Frontier
screens at Cine Migrante 2011.