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In 2015, the area near Mariana in the state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, was hit by an environmental catastrophe when a dam from an iron ore mine broke, engulfing two communities in a wave of toxic tailings and killing 19 people. Covering over 660 kilometres, the mud spill reached as far as the Atlantic Ocean, destroying biodiversity, marine life and farmlands. It was recorded as one of the biggest environmental crimes in the history of Brazil. Having lived in the United Sates for decades, geographer Camila Mota returns to her home community to bear witness to the devastation. Powerful and darkly poetic, Ironland follows her travels through the ravaged landscape to capture the testimonies of survivors. An eerie brown landscape and sky reveal the region is still a ticking time bomb, with mega extractive mining interests trampling both human and environmental rights. Heather Haynes


  • Director(s)

    • Lucas Bambozzi
  • Producer(s)

    • Andre Hallak
    • Eder Santos
  • Executive Producer(s)

    • Eder Santos
    • Andre Hallak
    • Barão Fonseca
    • Leandro Aragão
    • Joana Braga
    • Alcione Rezende
  • Writer(s)

    • Christiane Tassis
  • Editor(s)

    • Fabian Remy
  • Cinematography

    • Bruno Risas
  • Composer

    • Stephen Vitiello
  • Sound

    • Osvaldo Ferreira

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