This scientific Franco-Brazilian coproduction is a wonderful epic, overland and in the air investigation that will follow the 7 000-kilometre loop of the flying rivers, which transports more water towards the south of the continent than the largest river in the world, the Amazon River. 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 vapor a day into vast « flying rivers », essential to the environmental balance. But what if this natural phenomenon was to disappear?
By following the scientists in the field and in their laboratories, and thanks to some animated 3D sequences, the film will decipher the mechanisms of this extraordinary and little-known natural phenomenon, only recently discovered by climate experts. It will follow this race against time to discover the Amazon rainforest from a climate perspective, questioning our planet’s biological equilibrium and human responsibility.
An exploration that will result in a series of discoveries that might influence the modeling of the climate that serves as our compass in considering the shared future of Humanity…
Direction: Pascal Cuissot
Production: ZED and Grifa Filmes (Brazil) for ARTE France
Delivery: January 2020
Available versions: French, English