Work Samples

Fuel of Life

In Medio Mearim, one of the poorest areas of Brazil, a group of women are fighting for their rights. They rely on the coconuts of a local palm tree called Babassu to make their living. There are an estimative of more than 300.000 women coconut breakers in Brazil and since the late 70's powerful land owners have been fighting to restrict the women's traditional access to the Babassu trees located on their properties, even hiring gunmen to keep the women away from their lands. This fight resulted in deaths of people in both sides.

But the women didn't give up, they fight against the opressor building an association called AMTR - The Association of the Rural Women Workers, and now they also have a local law to protect them to go inside private properties to take the babassu.