In this beautiful short film, award-winning filmmaker Pete McBride teamed up with O.A.R.S. to take us down the little known, but locally famous Navua River in Fiji. It’s been called the “Tropical Grand Canyon” for it flows through the jungle of the Central Highlands of Fiji and cuts a narrow, yet deep gorge down the Eastern slope of Mount Gordon. Waterfalls cascade over the volcanic canyon walls and jungle ferns take hold wherever soil holds.
Apart from the stunning scenery of the jungle river, McBride’s story focuses on how O.A.R.S. teamed up with locals to convince them that the long-term benefits of tourism and recreation outweighed the short-term benefits of resource extraction. The result is a model for eco-tourism around the world.
Watch this incredible homage to a river, and learn how a small group of people can protect a land they love.
Pro surfer Aamion Goodwin’s childhood was straight out of The Jungle Book. He traveled around the South Pacific following his father from New Zealand to remote islands in Fiji and back.
By age seven Aamion could live completely off the land. He could make his own spears to hunt and fish. He knew how to collect fruits, climb coconut trees, collect the nuts, and crack them open with a machete.
The exposure to a variety of different landscapes and people at a young age had such a powerful impact that Aamion wanted his children to have a similar experience.
The Goodwin Project is just that experience.
Aamion and his wife Daize, both pro surfers, packed up their children and a film crew and traveled to 18 different countries to educate their children and discover what’s most valuable in their lives.
Check out the stunning cinematography in the inspirational trailer for the upcoming film, The Goodwin Project.