First Time Stories

Institute History


In 2019, widespread deforestation and logging has caused 73,000 fires to rage in the Amazonian rainforest. With the fires visible from space, a farmwoman and a hunter in the rainforest struggle to protect their antiquated way of life and livelihood against the march of modernity. Meanwhile, as a missionary seeks to reach the souls of the remaining uncontacted tribes in the Amazon, a community elder patrols and protects them from human contact.

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