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VideoSaúde makes 'Amazon without mining' available in English and narration in Yanomami


VideoSaúde Distribuidora (Icict/Fiocruz)


The animation Amazon without mining, which has been a huge success and attracting many viewers since its debut in October 2022, now has another version to reach different audiences abroad. Now, VideoSaúde Distribuidora Fiocruz, in partnership with a research group from the Polytechnic School of Health Joaquim Venâncio (EPSJV/Fiocruz) and the National School of Public Health (Ensp/Fiocruz), provides a version of the production with subtitles in English and narration in the Yanomami language.


In the Amazon without mining, indigenous peoples talk about the dramas and the danger of contamination of rivers and waters by mercury from mining. The production also brings something new to the Film Platform: the animation also has narration in two indigenous languages -Yanomami and Munduruku, in addition to Portuguese. The narration was done by the indigenous people themselves, and the script was developed collectively between audiovisual producers, researchers, and the people portrayed.

Content to qualify debates

The impacts of mercury on protected areas and forest peoples in the Amazon are the highlight of the Amazon without mining plot. It was carried out by EPSJV/Fiocruz in partnership with Ensp/Fiocruz, through funding from the Inova Fiocruz Program and the Vice-Presidency for Environment, Care and Health Promotion (VPAAPS/Fiocruz). Through the Improvement of the Indigenous Health Care Subsystem project, based on the development of technical studies, scientific research and strategic actions, essential for the diversification, expansion and quality of health services provided to indigenous people.

For the VideoSaúde team, expanding the circulation of qualified content about the health situation of indigenous populations is fundamental. More than that: including films and animations aimed at children and young people, in VideoSaúde's view, has been an ongoing task, since, by monitoring metrics and public manifestations on social networks, the lack of productions of this type on health and science topics. The possibilities of application in teaching and education actions are also wide, according to the team.

The project was coordinated by researchers Paulo Basta, from Ensp/Fiocruz, and Ana Claudia Vasconcellos, from EPSJV/Fiocruz.

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