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Unlimited Strength is a Documentary work depicting a typical day of labor during the Brazilian sugar cane harvest - Brazil / Minas Gerais / 2008.

Farmers have to burn the planted land before slashing it in order to make the manual harvest possible. This is a hostile field. The cane leaf is sharp. Workers becomes coated in the black grim.

Carrying with them only their artful hands and strength, a lot of workers come from the North of the country to Central areas to find a a job. As a result, this job provides them with $9 per day and knowing their sweat of hard work will provide for their family.

Workers have to slash a minimum amount of cane per day in order to have their paycheck. A bonus can be earned if they have an extra amount of cane.

Because the harvest period takes approximately 9 months out of the year, workers must live this entire time in "accommodations" near to the planted area and far away from their families.

They are truly warriors.

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  • Carlos Aviles

    Carlos Aviles (Deleted) gave props (25 May 2010):

    Great story

  • Marcus Hammerschmitt

    Marcus Hammerschmitt   gave props (25 May 2010):

    Thanks for letting us see this.

  • Rhio9 (Rhio9)

    Rhio9 (Rhio9) (Deleted) said (26 May 2010):

    got my vote

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