In the heart of the Ecuadorian Amazon, deep inside the jungle, there is an uncontacted tribe who has resisted every conquest. There is not a single white man that has ever survived contact with them. But this anthropological miracle called the Taromenane is on the edge of extermination. Their ancestral land, Yasuni, one of the most biodiverse places in the world, is over a huge pool of oil. Civilization, with their need for resources, is advancing into the territory they share with another tribe, the Huaorani. In this waning space, the two tribes kill each other in what it seems to be a tribal war. A deeper look shows something far more disturbing.  

David Beriain, an experience war correspondent, learns the news of the latest massacres in the area. A YouTube video shows two Huorani tribesmen agonizing in the jungle, their bodies pierced by Taromenane spears. He learns that short after that the relatives of the victim took revenge. They searched for weeks in the jungle and they finally found the Taromenane. They slaughtered them. How many died? Nobody knows. There were no serious investigation on the field, but the estimation is that 30 out of the remaining 300 Taromenane were murdered. It was a genocide that somebody seems to be interested to keep in the dark.  

Actually there are only two probes that the massacred actually happened: two little Taromenane girls that the Huorani took as hostages.  

Beriain is moved by the idea of a tribe that has managed to remain isolated in this globalized, hyper connected world; and even more, because this miracle is about to be exterminated. He decides to travel into the Amazon to investigate what is really happening over there. And the two girls seem to be the key to understand the story.  

“Genocide in the Jungle” is an adventure that will take David deep into one of the most remote parts of the Amazon, to meet with all the players in this unreported conflict: oil companies, illegal loggers, settlers. He even manages to come face to face with the actual murderers of the Taromane. A dangerous trip that will take him to the the core of the uncontacted territory, meet one of the Taromane girls, and get much closer to this tribe of warriors than he would ever desire. 


Running time
1 x 45'
Current Affairs, Tribes

Production Data

Director: David Beriain
Broadcasted also in: Spain