Pragas : pest extermination in Recife, State of Pernambouco, Brazil.

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In Recife (Brazil), the non-existence of sanitation and the lack of tap water make it easy for rats, scorpions and tiger mosquitos to spread, and they run rampant throughout the whole city. With his colleagues of the Sanitary District VI, Rivanildo is doing his utmost to curb their proliferation. Armed with his carrying bag and a sprayer, he fights them restlessly, with a great deal of poisons.

We follow him during this losing battle, and get to know areas displaying signs of extreme socio-spatial inequalities.


In order of appearance: Rivanildo Marcelino Batista, Georgett José da Silva, Genildo (in memoriam), Lígia de Miranda Seabra, Ruth Lazaro de Almeida, Maria Carmelita da C. E. S. Rodrigues, Andréa Cristina Lima, Jaqueline Nipo da Silva, Moacir Jorge, Polyanna P. Queiros de Medeiros, Maria-José Malafaia Queiroz, Kim Wagner G. De Lima, Alessandra G. De Albuquerque.- The Environmental Health Program team of Health District 6 of Recife.- The team of the Environmental Vigilance Center of Recife.- Lia Giraldo and André Monteiro, researchers from the Aggeu Magalhães Institute/ Fiocruz Pernambuco.- The research project COQUEIRAL (ANR/ CEP&S)- The CeRIES Laboratory of the University of Lille- I-Media - Audiovisual pole of the University of Poitiers


00:00:00:00 1. Riva derats and destroys termites in a favela on the edge of the mangrove swamp.00:08:00:00 2. Georgett and Lígia hunt for abandoned cars in various parts of the city center, looking for their owners.00:17:29 3. Discovery of Sanitary District 6, where Riva is preparing to leave for the field.00:19:33 4. Riva desinsectsa health station against scorpions.00:22:01 5. Riva desinsects the premises and garden of an association against scorpions.00:24:25 6. The school principal asks for a disinsectisation against "rats, cockroaches, termites. All what! »00:25:21 7. Riva takes me to the canal to show me the "rotten water".00:26:46 8. Back in the van, Riva comments on the principal's request.00:29:43 9. In a favela at the edge of the mangrove swamp, Polyanna tracks the stagnant water in the houses and pours dengue mosquito larvicide into the containers.00:34:38 10. In a wealthy neighborhood in the center, Maria-José tracks stagnant water in the houses and pours larvicide against the dengue mosquito into the containers.00:39:42 11. Riva and Kim derat the edge of a canal.00 :40:49 12. Alessandra, Lígia and Riva derat the beach with large reinforcements of paraffin blocks and poisonous seeds.


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