First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon

Anthropologist José Carlos Meirelles and his team encounter a tribe of “uncontacted” people in the jungles of South America, the Txapanawa.

Here they live in seclusion from the rest of the world in a preserved region on the edges of Brazil and Peru, at the bank of the Envira River in the village of Simpatia.

The preserved region is part of Brazil’s Acre state, an area rich in jungle and inhabited by isolated tribes who know very little of the world outside.

During this documentary we’ll witness the interactions between anthropologists, a documentary crew filming it, and the day-to-day life of the tribe themselves.

Patiently communicating as best they can, with the help of translators who speak a dialect not too different, they learn about these people’s experiences with rubber barons and invasion years before.

To help them understand the world outside, José and his team begin to help the Txapanawa integrate into modern living.

First Contact: Lost Tribe of the Amazon
  • Info
  • Release date2016
  • Full runtime
  • Director(s)Angus MacQueen
  • Production companyPacha Films