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Film Screening -
"Tribes on the Edge"

The Explorers Club Film Committee presents a film-and-discussion evening with filmmaker Celine Cousteau, clips from her new documentary Tribes on the Edge, and a pair of special guests who are experts on contemporary ecological and cultural conflicts in the Brazilian Amazon.

Government and corporate interests, encroaching illegal activities, illness brought by insiders: the Javari tribes of the Brazilian Amazon face innumerable threats. Desperate for help, the tribes asked filmmaker Céline Cousteau to tell the world their story, in the belief that global knowledge of their struggles will help bring them crucial attention and support.

More than a narrative of tribal reality in the Amazon, Tribes on the Edge suggests that the story of our human tribe is a universal one, and that our common fate hangs on the relationship we cultivate 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.

Director Céline Cousteau will present clips from her new film and participate in what promises to be a lively panel discussion. The participants will be:

Céline Cousteau is a social and environmental activist working with a variety of mediums that range from documentaries to art and design, from consulting with corporations and foundations to public speaking. Each form shares the same message of interconnectivity between humans and the natural world. As a documentary film director, producer, and presenter, Céline is the founder and executive director of CauseCentric Productions, creating cause-focused multimedia content. Extending her family legacy and her expertise, Céline co-founded The Céline Cousteau Film Fellowship, a nonprofit program whose mission is to empower young aspiring filmmakers, creatives, and activists to inspire change through filmmaking. Her work has included being Guest Designer for Swarovski, ambassador for The TreadRight Foundation, and Member of the World Economic Forum Council on Oceans. Céline sits on the board of directors of the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and the advisory boards of The Himalayan Consensus and Marine Construction Technologies. With a degree in psychology and a masters in Intercultural Relations, Céline is fluent in three languages.

Beto Marubo is a Marubo Indian from the Vale do Javari indigenous territory in the Brazilian Amazon. Formerly with FUNAI, the governmental agency for indigenous tribes, Beto represents his people and also speaks on behalf of uncontacted tribes using national and international platforms.

Scott Wallace FN ’07 covers the environment, vanishing cultures, and conflict over land and resources for major media organizations. His assignments have taken him from encampments of native reindeer herders in the Arctic to combat missions in the jungles of Central America. Formerly a correspondent for the Guardian and CBS News, Wallace has written several stories for National Geographic magazine about the Amazon rainforest. He is author of the New York Times best-selling book, The Unconquered: In Search of the Amazon’s Last Uncontacted Tribes, which took him into the deepest redoubts of the jungle in an effort to track and protect a mysterious, seldom-glimpsed forest people. Wallace is a recipient of The Explorers Club's prestigious Lowell Thomas Award (2012) and an expert for National Geographic Expeditions.

Date: Tuesday, April 24

Time: 6:00 pm Reception, 7:00 pm Screening

Location: Club Headquarters, 46 E 70th Street, New York, NY, 10021

Member Ticket Price: $10

Guest Ticket Price: $25

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