The Burning Season Poster

Release Date: 1994

Not Yet Rated|2 hr 3 min

Plot Summary
Based on real events, this film recounts the story of Chico Mendes (Raul Julia), a laborer in the Brazilian Amazon who rebels against his employers. Aware that workers are being exploited, Mendes attempts to unionize his compatriots for better wages and conditions. Since developers aim to cut away vast swaths of the rain forest in order to make the area more accessible for industry, Mendes decides to make a stand for the environment as well. But Mendes' activism makes him a target.

Cast: Raul Julia, Sonia Braga, Kamala Lopez, Edward James Olmos, Luis Guzmán, Nigel Havers, Tomas Milian, Esai Morales

Director: John Frankenheimer

Genres: Docudrama

Keywords: Sacrifice, Tense, Touching, Underdog, 1980s

Awards

Winner Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
Nominated Outstanding Made-for-Television Movie
Nominated Best Performance by An Actress in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner Best Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner Best Performance by An Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television
Winner Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries
Screen Actors Guild Awards (1994)
Winner Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television