WHAT IT MEANS TO BE HUMAN: THE ‘UNCONTACTED’ PROJECT – AMAZON

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DPG contributor and filmmaker Kyle McBurnie, along with a small team of journalists and conservationists, is planning to shoot a novel documentary on the lives of tribes living in the Amazon rainforest at the fringes of modern civilization. The “Uncontacted Project” will follow the team as it ventures through a restricted portion of Peru’s Manú National Park, “one of the last truly wild places on Earth,” and talks to tribal communities who are just beginning to connect with the outside world. The expedition is scheduled to begin on April 1st.

The Uncontacted Project, which is already partially funded but is looking for the remaining funds via a month-long Kickstarter campaign, hasn’t set out to make contact with uncontacted tribes, but rather explore the lives of individuals who are encountering “our” society and how this is impacting their lives. The goals of the project are to create a photo book and a 12–15-minute film on the expedition, with a view to showing the documentary at various film festivals and making the material available to educators to allow them to introduce students to the region and its people.

For more information, go the Kickstarter page, OR visit the project website

 

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