In 1978, the world found out about the existence of a previously undiscovered tribe, the Taaw’t Bato: a few hundred individuals hidden in the heart of the jungle on the Philippine island of Palawan. During the rainy season, they hide for months in giant natural caves to protect themselves from the typhoons.
While there, they survive by fishing and hunting bats. But the Philippine government quickly came to the conclusion that these semi-nomadic people needed to be made sedentary.
Gradually leaving the jungle and the caves behind, the Taaw’t Bato discovered urban life – and extreme poverty. Yet, over the past few years, dozens of sedentary Taaw’t Bato families have made a radical choice: unable to fit into this new environment, they have decided to leave the city, return to the land of their ancestors and settle there forever.
We will follow the incredible journey of one such family, which has chosen to embark on this journey back to the jungle. The elders will revive ancestral customs; the youths will have to learn everything. For all of them, this will be a huge challenge: to survive the rainy season, they must make it all the way to the caves, their last refuge.