Much like the great river that flows through Amazonas, Through the Smoke guides us across a diverse landscape of topics and perspectives told by the voices of those closest to the forest. The film follows Indigenous forest guardian Marcal Guajajara and activist Puyr Tembe as they fight to protect their territories from deforestation, an illegal logger who has no choice but to cut the forest down, and a large landowner at the mercy of thousands of invaders and extractive industry.
Through intimate, character focused storytelling, the film brings the issues to the forefront — from the science of the Amazon Rainforest and its pivotal role in our global climate stability to the economic drivers of fires and deforestation. The film weaves together politics, history, economics, science, and consciousness, providing an in-depth exploration of this incredibly complex and critical situation — the origins and the impact of which ripple out far beyond the boundaries of the Amazon itself. Produced by Academy Award winner Fisher Stevens.