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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

Clean water


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

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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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

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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