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James Smith

Man Shot in Mine


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
Today we all agreed it's time to leave. A man was shot this morning in a dispute over money. Everyone's talking about it. It's a salutary reminder of how lawless this place is.

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Keith Schofield

Golden Ruin


Posted from: Gold mine - Garimpo do Juna
The last day at the mine. Confused with the ritual of searching for right and wrong. Sometimes, simple observation is not enough. We have been here to find the stories of the people who exist in this random squalor - and find out what drives them to the goal of riches while surviving on a fiver a day. When first we saw the main mining area of Grota Rica it was shocking.

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Bruce Parry

Going underground


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
Bruce enters the ground in search of gold

Bruce Parry

Spider alert


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
A tarantula in the bedroom...

Bruce Parry

Clean water


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
Drinking from an unpolluted stream

Bruce Parry

Butterflies!


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica

Raquel Toniolo

Is gold worth it?


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
We've been at this illegal Gold Mine for seven days now, and day by day I feel more confused. I've always been against mining, I don't like gold, and I can't see the point. Why is it that there has been forever this obsession with gold? Why are some golden powder, granules or nuggets worth so much in our world? Is all the value attributed to this mineral really right?

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Bruce Parry

The Gold Search in Action


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
The earth is extracted


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Bruce Parry

Time for a break


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
Bruce and his mining colleagues take a break from the search for gold

Solange Welch

It's a Dog's Life


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
This evening Russia went down to the riverbank to meet her daughter who lives in the nearest town, Apui, 80km from the mine. It had been raining heavily the last few days and Russia was anxious because the road was bad and Sasha was already a few hours late.

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Raquel Toniolo

She-wee


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
Comfort for me is having a clean toilet to sit on.

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Keith Schofield

Striking it Rich in Strange Territory


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
Probably the hardest thing I've ever filmed. Bouncing about on the back of a dilapidated truck on a dirt track oddly described as a highway. We were on our way to a gold mine and filming a conversation between Bruce and Dudu travelling along the Transamazon Highway. Bouncing would be an understatement. Thrown around is probably more accurate. As the viewfinder drilled its way into my head, Bruce was on the ceiling and Dudu somewhere else. You get the idea.

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Raquel Toniolo

Garimpo Hot Pants


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
Day three at the gold mine, I'm loving it, but my God I'm so tired.

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James Smith

Gold Fever


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica
I had thought 'gold rushes', where people flock to an area of wilderness in the hope of striking it rich, were long gone, replaced by large corporations using heavy machinery to dig up the precious ore. But the frenzied search for gold is happening right now in the Brazilian Amazon.

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Bruce Parry

Bruce follows the Gold Rush


Posted from: Gold Mine, Grota Rica

Bruce Parry

Bruce travels the Transamazonica


Bruce travels along the Transamazonica highway

Bruce travels along the Transamazonica Highway, an unfinished 5000km long roadway with only 175 km of tarmac, initiated in 1970 with the aim of opening up the Amazon to development. Read Sol's blog about travelling the highway.

Solange Welch

Travelling the Transamazonica Trail


Posted from: Apui
For me this is where the journey really began. The moment Raquel and I sat in the back of a pickup truck with our cowboy hats on and started travelling east on the Transamazonica Highway on our way to the gold mine. The precise moment in fact was when the smooth tarmac section of the highway, which cuts through Apui, gave way to the dirt road with a sudden thud of the back wheels.

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Raquel Toniolo

The Gold Rush


Posted from: Apui
I have had four hours sleep. I spent the night packing and chatting with Sol: a little bonding session.

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James Smith

Cowboy Bruce


Posted from: Apui
We're on our way to a remote gold mine, so we stopped in a frontier town to stock up on supplies. Shopping in one-horse towns like this is always a lot of fun. The hardware stores have everything you'd ever need in a remote place, from machetes, rope and gas-stoves to essential foodstuffs like chili sauce and crackers.

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Raquel Toniolo

The Wealth of the Amazon


Posted from: Manaus
I've been to Manaus a few times before; a land full of contrasts that always fascinated me. You may think it's jargon, but it is really in the heart of the Amazon. It's the main gateway to jungle locations.

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Raquel Toniolo

'Working' round the clock!


Posted from: Manaus, Rio Negro
These days hardly feel like work - I've never had so much fun in a shoot. Three days with our character and host Tony, and I'm shattered, not because of work, but because this boy is a party maniac. I'm 31 and almost can't keep up with the schedule.

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Keith Schofield

Swimming with the River Dolphin


Posted from: Manaus - Rio Negro
Today was a recce day with new Director James Smith. He is hilarious. We've just completed 72 hours of non-stop partying with a Brazilian eco-millionaire and his beautiful friends. We've fallen into random swimming pools at 4am and danced on the back of pick-up trucks as the dawn broke. We outstayed our welcome at a few nightclubs and danced as the cleaners swept up around our feet.

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James Smith

Dodging Vultures above the Urban Amazon


Posted from: Manaus
When you're working abroad, it's very important you hire the right people. This is especially true if that person is a helicopter pilot. Yesterday, we met ours for the first time.

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Bruce Parry

Arriving in Manaus


Bruce arrives in Manaus and prepares himself for the Amazonian Rich List

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