Rivers Above the Canopy 52' by Pascal Cuissot


Often considered as the "beating heart of the Earth", the trees in the Amazon absorb water from the ground and pump out billion of tonnes of water vapour a day into vast «flying rivers», essential to the environmental balance.

But what if this natural phenomenon was to disappear?

What would be the ecological consequences on our planet?

By following Antonio Donato Nobre - leader of the scientific research - in the field and into his labs, alongside Viktor Gorshkov and Anastassia Makarieva - who worked on the still little-known biotic pump theory - and thanks to animated 3D sequences, the film deciphers the mechanisms of this extraordinary phenomenon.

A race against time to discover the Amazon rainforest from a climate perspective, questioning our planet’s biological equilibrium and human responsibility.


Direction: Pascal Cuissot

Production: ZED and Grifa Filmes (Brazil) for ARTE France

Delivery: Early 2020

Genre: Nature

Available versions: French, English