Philadelphia Environmental Film Festival 2020


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Your purchase of a ticket to Program 1 includes 4 films/extras plus a FREE on-demand ticket to "Q&A with Director Celine Cousteau (Tribes on the Edge) and Dr. Scott Cooper of the Academy of Natural Sciences."

Building on a family legacy of exploration and environmental filmmaking, Céline Cousteau journeys to the Brazilian Amazon at the request of Javari tribal leaders to bear witness to the indienous communities' fight for survival. They are living on the edge, resilient survivors of a violent past, facing a wildly uncertain future, the last warriors in a global battle to preserve the precious resources of the Amazon rainforest, the most bio-diverse place on Earth. She shares their rarely seen stories of cultural pride and traditional ways of life set against the legacy of colonialism, and documents the ever-present threats to their land and their looming health crises triggered by contact with outsiders.

The granddaughter of Jacques Cousteau, Céline first travelled to the Amazon as a child aboard the Calypso in 1982. It inspired a life-long fascination with these tribes and established an ineffable connection to this place. The revelation of her journey is that if these tribes go extinct, it will trigger an irreversible chain of events that threatens the survival of all mankind.

If we cannot act to ensure their survival, how can we ensure our own?

Winner of the PhilaEnviroFilmFest 2020 IMPACT AWARD.

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  • Runtime
    100 minutes
  • Language
    English, Portuguese
  • Country
  • Note
    Director Biography - Céline Cousteau is the founder and executive director CauseCentric Productions focused on creating social and environmental documentaries that inspire support and change. Céline is founder and president of The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship, a nonprofit providing filmmaking opportunities to talented young filmmakers and advocates who want to use their drive and talent to support causes around the world. Cousteau has worked as director, producer, field producer, and on-camera presenter on numerous TV documentaries, including her own work through CauseCentric Productions, as well as PBS's Jean-Michel Cousteau: Ocean Adventures, Discovery Channel's Mysteries of the Shark Coast, and "Oceano: Chile Frente al Mar" a 12-part documentary series produced by the Chilean-based NuevoEspacio Producciones.
  • Director
    Celine Cousteau
  • Screenwriter
    Celine Cousteau, Joseph Kwong
  • Producer
    Celine Cousteau
  • Cast