Céline Cousteau Discusses Dying Indigenous Society In Tribes On The Edge Doc [Exclusive Interview]

Celine Cousteau and an Matis elder watching the quad-copter overhead filming part of the Tribes on the Edge documentary in the Matis village Tawaya in the Vale do Javari, Brazil.

Celine Cousteau
Céline Cousteau directed Tribes on the Edge

The indigenous tribes of the Amazon rainforest are on the brink of extinction.

With the numbers dwindling due to disease and development, the world needs increased awareness and help for the remaining tribes located deep in the Amazon rainforest.

In the Tribes on The Edge documentary, explorer and documentarian Céline Cousteau ventured with a small crew to visit a few tribes deep in the jungle.

Here’s the official synopsis:

Building on a family legacy of exploration and environmental filmmaking, director Céline Cousteau journeys to the Brazilian Amazon at the request of tribal leaders in order to bear witness to the indigenous communities’ fight for survival. Cousteau shares their rarely seen stories of cultural pride and traditional way of life set against the legacy of colonialism and documents the ever-present threats to their land and health crises triggered by contact with outsiders. Tribes on the Edge follows the indigenous communities fighting to protect their home—a home that is critical to the ecological balance of our planet, and as a result—these communities protect us.

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LRM Online’s Gig Patta chatted with director Céline Cousteau on her first feature directorial debut with the full-length documentary. We discussed the logistics of the exploration, the tribes, and the dangers to the outsiders.

Céline Cousteau is the granddaughter of ocean explorer Jacques Cousteau and the daughter of environmentalist Jean-Michel Cousteau. She is a frequent panelist at the United Nations in New York. Also, she is the founder of CauseCentric Productions and co-founder of the Outdoor Film Fellowship. Prior to this documentary, she hosted and produced several environmental television series.

Tribes on the Edge is available on VOD today through iTunes and Amazon.

Watch the exclusive interview below. Let us know what you think.

Source: LRM Online Exclusive, Gravitas Ventures

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Gig Patta

Gig Patta is a journalist and interviewer for LRM and Latino-Review since 2009. He was a writer for other entertainment sites in the past with Collider and IESB.net. He originally came from the world of print journalism with several years as a reporter with the San Diego Business Journal and California Review. He earned his MBA from the Keller Graduate School of Management and BA in Economics from UC San Diego. Follow him on Instagram @gigpatta or Facebook @officialgigpatta.

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