Palin looks at how Rio is finding its rhythm
Palin’s Brazilian odyssey continues in the final instalment of his series Brazil. Palin visits the source of Brazil’s economic miracle and travels to Rio to see how new-found wealth is being spent, changing the lives of of its inhabitants. Palin starts his journey in the mineral-rich state of Minas Gerais, visiting an old gold mine once owned by the British before going to see a vast open-cast iron ore mine. Its deposits fuel Brazil’s economic growth but there is an environmental price to pay. Palin continues on to Rio de Janeiro, host to the next Olympics and World Cup. Rio is reputed to be one of the world’s greatest cities, but also suffers from terrible violence with armed drug gangs controlling the shanty towns. Palin sees how lives have been transformed by a policy of pacification.