The Emerald Forest

a 1985 film produced by John Boorman, based on the actual story of a man who loses his son at the edge of the Amazon RainForest to a native tribe, referred to in the movie as the Invisible People, who live within it,
after 10 years of searching he finds his son, Tommy, who is now in the latter half of his teens, transitioning into the status of being regarded as a man amongst his tribe, & whose one lady love is named Kachiri, he eventually exits the wilderness, without his son (& without the photojournalist he previously left behind, Uwe Werner, who was tagging along with him, & was left behind with The Fierce People, I’m not sure what to think happened to him)
then later on, Tommy goes to the city in search of help from this biological father of his, Bill Markham (his other father being the chief of the Invisible Peoples’ Tribe who raised him after taking him from the Termite People – as those who were tearing down the rainforest were referred to)
together they free & get back the women of the Invisible Peoples’ Tribe who had been captured by the Fierce Peoples’ tribe & traded to the Termite People who used them for prostitution,
the movie depicts how these tensions are brought on by the ever expanding boundaries of the urbanization into the Amazon RainForest, which has held the dwellings of so many natives,
during the film the Chief of the Invisible People points out to Tommy that the Fierce People would not be taking over the turf of the Invisible People, if they hadn’t been losing territory themselves,
in the end Bill Markham, for the wellness of his son’s, & his son’s tribe’s future, takes part in destroying his own dam, one which he had helped build at the beginning of the movie, (cuz’ he works as an engineer)

I think it was a really nicely shot movie, well paced, with many subtle points made along the way which touch the heart, & the storyline was well put together

Charley Boorman acts the main part of Tommy, or Tomme, rather, as his name changed over to as he was adopted into his tribe, Dira Paes acts the part of Kachiri, Powers Booth acts the part of Bill Markham, & Meg Foster the part of Jean Markham, his wife, & Tommy’s biological mother, (the family also has a younger child, a daughter, who has a small role in the film), the Chief of The Ivisible People (Wanadi) is done by Rui Polonah, & Uwe Werner is done by Eduardo Conde

the main message of the film, as illustrated by its captions at the end, is that a lot of rainforest is being destroyed, & along with it the habitats of thousands upon thousands of native people, whose ways of life do not deserve to be so recklessly & cruelly discarded
this movie strongly depicts them as being as respectable as anybody else

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