In the Darién Gap rainforest, loggers and cattle ranchers pose a threat to indigenous communities’ way of life. When a rare Harpy Eagle nest is discovered, the Emberá tribe of Playa Muerto find an unlikely ally. By protecting the Eagle’s habitat, they can benefit from the ecotourism she attracts and reconnect with their traditional heritage.
Beyond the end of the road, Playa Muerto is only accessible by a 4-hour boat ride along the beautiful Darien coastline. We had to build a bamboo platform 110′ up in the middle of the rain forest to film the eagles. Several of our scenes were interrupted by fire ant attacks.