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The people who inhabit our planet are as diverse as the Earth’s landscapes. Different in their ways of thinking and their skills, they all have one thing in common: their identity, their most precious good. But change is upon them – and a rich diversity of cultures, languages and knowledge could be lost forever.
There are many reasons for this: tourism, political upheavals and climate changes, not to mention the prevailing economic interests in our global society, are all taking their toll on the last remaining enclaves on Earth.
In Niger, the ancestral lands of the Wodaabe are shrinking; in the Brazilian jungle the Yanomami people are threatened by illegal gold mining; a Chinese company is willing to buy more or less the entire island of Yap to build luxury resorts and land sales by the Ethiopian Government are endangering the Suri in the Omo Valley.
Very few populations have been able to avoid change for this long. These peoples chose to remain isolated and vehemently refused contact with the Western world, but their days now appear to be numbered.
This two-part series sets off on a cinematic journey to people whose world is changing, and shows others who are fighting to preserve their culture and identity.
Terra Mater Factual Studios