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A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
Packed with facts about the rainforests, this documentary show emphasizes the interconnectedness of all living things on the planet. The relationships between animals and plantlife, of jungles and weather, of rainforests and human health are explained.
The interdependence of all creatures on this planet is real. The natural world is full of links. Great beauty exists on this planet. You can help the envioronment by looking at your own consumption of foods that are sourced in the rainforest as well as fuels.
Positive Role Models
People native to the rainforests play a crucial role in keeping them healthy and intact.
People of diverse countries and tribes are represented here. Some native Amazonian tribespeople are shown performing ritual dance or hunting. These people are shown in images, not spoken with in interviews, so the view of their culture is just a glance.
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Violence & Scariness
Scenes of deforestation and ecological disaster. Lives are not lost in the images, but the impact of climate change is discussed.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Brief nudity -- people wearing traditional Amazonian dress appear topless for a few seconds. Brief shot of naked children jumping into water.
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
People shown drinking wine at dinner.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Jungle Guardian is a documentary show about the importance of jungles and rain forests. As its title suggests, the message is about conservation, but the show achieves this point by drawing connections to the jungle's biodiversity, its impact on the weather, and its ability to provide medicine to people. Traditionally clothed Amazonian tribespeople wear very little in the way of clothing -- there is brief nudity in this context. Children play in the water unclothed as well. Expect images of fire and forest destruction, but no lives are shown being lost.
Is It Any Good?
Not only is it visually alluring, but the arguments in this show are air-tight. At first, the statement made in Jungle Guardian that the jungles are crucial to the survival of humankind might seem a little over-the-top. But as the interdependence and interconnectedness of the plants and animals in the jungle are explored in rich color and alluring narrative, it's hard to disagree.
Parents and kids will enjoy the delightful trickery of symbiotic partners like the water lily and the scarab beetle. But be prepared to care a little more by the end of the show, because the destruction of the world's jungles is real, and this show boasts the stats to prove it.
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