Genographic Study

Genographic Study

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An introspective approach to formally and respectfully documenting the last remaining remnants of our human history. Embarking on this adventure will allow current and future generations to gain an understanding and appreciation for where the collective "we" came from. In order to do so, I will be working to identify and live with cultures still in existence around the globe who practice traditional ways of life as they have for millennia. In doing so, I will be able to show the modern world how and more importantly why they have been able to subsist for so long without current technology. The goal of this is to open the eyes of today's youth to the rapid and systemic loss of our natural past, one that cries out to be preserved with the closing of minds and opening of cell phones.

Storyboard Text

  • Paolo begins his trip to a remote, isolated location on Earth. After months of planning he has identified populations across the globe who exist as our ancestors once did. With the goal of documenting them in an educational manner and directly learning their ways, he hopes to preserve a rare and storied piece of human history.
  • He travels to the interior of the country in in order to meet the ancient, indigenous populations who still practice a traditional lifestyle. He will have a small crew with him to film and assist in locating the natives. At least one local "fixer" will be contacted prior to the trip to verify that the tribes are still in existence.
  • Once the tribe is located, he works to gain acceptance and be taught to live as they do. The goal is to see if we can relearn lost practices and methods - not to completely give up our current ways, but to reintegrate the old with the new.
  • For the next 3 weeks, Paolo lives with the village. During which time he "shuts off" completely from the outside world other than his time in from of the camera to appropriately document the experiences. He learns how to practice their lifestyle and notes in which ways we might be able to change our ways for the better
  • The natives themselves are also encouraged to explain in their own words how their culture came to be and why it is still practiced, even in a modern world. This is an opportunity for them to tell their story in an organic, comfortable way. This gives a firsthand account from an original population about the history in that part of the world, giving scientists valuable insight and information.
  • At the end of the 3 weeks, Paolo returns home with a wealth of information and experiences. Once ready, he can not only air the program, but provide lectures on the culture, beliefs, societal practices, etc. of the population he was just with.
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