Some call him a hero. Others label him bad for business. But enemies of Brazilian rain forest activist Chico Mendes call him something else: a target.
In one of his last roles, Raul Julia plays a real-life hero Mendes in the powerful adventure The Burning Season.
Spurred into action after a key organizer of the rain forest's working poor is slain, Mendes stands firm against slash-and-burn deforestation. He becomes a non-violent activist, union leader, political candidate, and a recognized authority who helps alert the world to the plight of the Amazon. With unflinching courage, Mendes puts his principle to the test - even when the test means a deadly showdown with destiny.