Mysterious Islands in the Sky Unlock Secrets of Our Past: “Return to the Tepuis”

Mysterious towering tepuis in South America have been the inspiration for movies such as Avatar and Up, and Arthur Conan Doyle’s novel The Lost World. In this short film adventure from Pongo Media, a team of explorers repels down the mystical mountains of this legendary lost world to uncover evolutionary secrets of some of the most unique ecosystems in the world.

Read more about the “Islands in the Sky.”

See an interview with filmmaker Joe Riis.

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