Documentary Feature Films about Indigenous Peoples, Indigenous Culture and Indigenous Knowledge

The only way any people's culture can survive alongside others is through understanding, tolerance and mutual respect. We believe that this comes through education.

Our documentaries about indigenous peoples, their culture and their knowledge offer unique insights into, and understanding of, cultures beyond our own. They are the perfect medium to introduce yourself, your group, your children or your students to cultural education and sensitivity. You'll also have the satisfaction of knowing that proceeds contribute to the education of indigenous peoples and help us to fulfill our mission — spreading indigenous education, knowledge and science.

We have produced three feature-length documentaries.

Indigenous Peoples of Southeast Asia documentary

Indigenous Peoples of Southeast Asia (Peoples of the World: Southeast Asia, 2010), explores the changing lives and cultures of the indigenous peoples of Southeast Asia.

Travel to Southeast Asia to see how ancient indigenous cultures challenge change in the Twenty-first Century. Captivating scenes and in-depth narrative take you inside the history, customs and modern lives of the indigenous people of this part of the world. Indigenous Peoples of Southeast Asia will leave you re-thinking what you once thought about this region. Presented in Full HD (1920x1080p) at 60 fps.

Indigenous Peoples of Southeast Asia documentary
Ancient and Modern Mayan Peoples documentary

Ancient and Modern Mayan Peoples (Peoples of the World: The Maya, 2016), explores the history, legacy and modern world of the indigenous Mayan peoples.

A thousand years after their decline, the ancient Mayans are still shrouded in mystery. Enter their ancient world to uncover its secrets. Learn how their religious beliefs were formed from advanced science and observing the heavens long before Europeans arrived. Decipher their ancient writing — far more advanced than ours. Experience the daily life of their modern descendants and learn how their fate may become our own fate. Presented in Full HD (1920x1080p).

Ancient and Modern Mayan Peoples documentary
Last Kazakh Nomads of Mongolia documentary

The Last Kazakh Nomads of Mongolia (Peoples of the World: The Altai Kazakh, 2018), explores the culture and nomadic lifestyle of the indigenous Kazakh people who migrated to western Mongolia two hundred years ago. It includes coverage of their unique skill — hunting with golden eagles.

Among the last of the world's nomadic people, the Kazakh endure the harshest climate on Earth as they tenaciously preserve their culture. This documentary offers a fascinating glimpse inside that culture. Learn how a boy's coming-of-age is marked by his first haircut. Hear about Mongolia's first, legendary eagle huntress who is only now being honored. Spend a day with Kazakh eagle hunters. And witness how this rich, nomadic lifestyle is slowly changing. Presented in HD (1280x720p), High Dynamic Range.

Last Kazakh Nomads of Mongolia documentary

Our next documentary, Peoples of the World: The Andes is currently in pre-production. No release date has yet been announced.

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