Tribes on the Edge: Reconnect to the Human Tribe
More than a narrative of tribal reality in the Amazon, Tribes on the Edge suggests the universal story of our human tribe and how our future is interwoven with each other and with nature. This is a story that invokes the critical importance of respect and care – for land, culture, and humanity. Our survival may depend on it.
Tribes on the Edge – a documentary produced by CauseCentric Productions, directed and co-written by Céline Cousteau – explores the timely topics of land threats, health crises, and human rights issues of indigenous peoples, expanding the view to how this is relevant to our world. More than a film, it has grown into movement driven by a passionate effort to enact tangible impact in the Javari through education, advocacy, and activism initiatives.
Humans and nature are intimately interconnected. Where there is environmental destruction, humans suffer. In the Amazon, where there are indigenous communities, there is no deforestation. If they vanish, we lose the guardians of vital ecosystems.
Spanning more than 85,000 km2 (an area the size of Portugal), the Vale do Javari is the second largest indigenous territory in Brazil and is home to 5000 indigenous peoples from 6 tribes as well as the largest population of people living without any contact with the outside world in the entire Amazon and some say the world. Though the the Javari has been designated for the tribes living there, there is looming pressure to increase harmful resource extraction which in other parts of the Amazon has led to environmental degradation. With Hepatitis rates as high as 50-80%, this preventable infectious disease brought in by outsiders is decimating the population and threatening their very survival.
These threats could determine how the story unfolds. Or, our actions will nurture a better path.
The survival of Javari is the survival of each one of us.
It is estimated that the Amazon produces 20% the world’s oxygen and releases 55 gallons of water into the Atlantic ocean every second. Stated by IUCN to be “one of the irreplaceable areas of our planet” because it is exceptionally valuable for biodiversity conservation, the Javari is a strong candidate for World Heritage Status. But just outside the borders of the Javari threats loom: destructive gold mining encroaches on its western border, the cocaine trail to the south prevails, and potential oil exploration threatens. Inside the borders, continuous illegal logging, fishing, and gold mining by outsiders creates conflict. The most vulnerable people, the uncontacted tribes, are at risk of being decimated by the same diseases that wiped out populations more than 150 years ago on arrival of the first Europeans looking for gold and rubber.
This is not just a film, we are taking action!