Premiering in Finland at the World Village Festival, Tribes on the Edge follows the journey of environmental activist and documentarist Céline Cousteau to the Brazilian Amazon rainforest. The journey begins when an elder of the Marúbo tribe reaches out to Cousteau, who visited the region at the age of nine with her grandfather, and asks her to return and tell the entire world about the crisis faced by the indigenous peoples of the Vale do Javari.
The documentary uncovers the severe health crisis and the devastating diseases brought in by outsiders. As the indigenous people do not have access to medicine, the diseases are killing them. The documentary also makes visible the illegal hunting, gold mining and deforestation as well as the Brazilian government’s efforts to dismantle the protection of the environment as well as the land and human rights of the indigenous peoples.
The award-winning Tribes on the Edge shows us how our future is interwoven with the future of indigenous peoples and with nature. The Amazon rainforests are critical to the ecological balance of our planet. While fighting to protect their home, the indigenous communities are also protecting us. If they vanish, the rainforest will vanish, too.
USA | Brazil, 2019
Production Company: CauseCentric Productions
For all ages
Length: 77 min
The film will be available at the Online Cinema from 10.00 Monday 23 May to 23.00 Sunday 29 May 2022. Please note that access to viewing will only be provided until 500 people have watched the film. The film can only be viewed in Finland, which is why a separate sign-in is required for copyright reasons.