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The Garden Of Evil

  • 1h 18m
  • Larry Keating
  • New Zealand
  • 2021

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Winner, Best New Zealand Cinematography: Jacob Bryant

Two environmentalists, Sir Peter Blake and Captain Pete Bethune, were brutally attacked in the Brazilian Amazon on separate expeditions 16 years apart. One was murdered and the other survived. Following the attack, Captain Pete vowed never to return.

Irish journalist and professor of criminology Donal MacIntyre, Brazilian Caio Vilela and British journalist Sam Cowie meet up with Captain Pete, to seek the truth. Captain Pete must face his own demons as they travel back to the crime scene, unravelling the connections between corruption, organised crime, and violence in one of the most dangerous cities on the Amazon.

The film explores the possibility that the attacks might have been planned and executed by powerful criminal organisations involved in illegal logging, drug trafficking and the export of endangered animals from this highly volatile and politically unstable region.

You can watch the post-screening Q+As for this film and others in this YouTube playlist.

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Please note, this documentary is now SOLD OUT online. Some films in the festival have limited online availability. We respect the requests of filmmakers, sales agents and distributors, and have worked hard to offer a range of packages. Thank you for your understanding.

This film is part of our Crime & Conspiracy Category, proudly presented by Hula.


Larry Keating


Larry Keating



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