Trav­el­ling Amazonia

Super 16mm Colour and Sound

Travelling Amazonia was shot on the Transamazonian Highway, about 2,600-mile-long road cutting through Amazonia’s vast forest. The construction of the Transamazonia generated industries around the extraction of natural resources like metal, wood, and rubber. In this film, these materials are used to build a dolly and tracks to realise a travelling shot upon this road. Through the realisation of this camera movement, which re-enacts the idealism of the Transamazonian project, this film addresses the processes and pioneering ideas invoked by the Brazilian military dictatorship in the building of this highway.


Location: Itaituba on the Transamazonian Highway, Pará, Brazil,
August 2005
Camera: Aaton XTR +
Lens: Zeiss 12–120 mm zoom
Stocks: 7218/500T and 7274/200T Kodak
Director of photography: Roberto Thome De Oliviera Filho
First assistant: Diana Baldon
Sound: Cristian Manzutto
Editing: Helle le Fèvre
Processing: Casablanca, Rio de Janeiro
Grading: Diamond, London
Executive producers: Amanda Rodrigues Alves and Thomas Mulcaire
Post-production: Frontline Television, London