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Building rafts with nature’s gifts, with occasional travel companions and venturing on adventurous explorations of rivers that cross tropical forests, urban centres, and landfills. All of this is The Raftmakers. There are limited resources, innumerable difficulties and dangers with adopting the pioneering approach of the past. Everything is filmed and narrated by documentary maker Igor D’India. Just back from an expedition in Walter Bonatti’s footsteps on The Yukon River (Alaska), he personally saw the effects of climate change on populations and the Great North environment and decided to understand how our rivers are changing and how we can protect them.
Returning from Belize, Igor decides to explore the river of his hometown: the Oreto of Palermo. This small and very polluted stream puts him to the test. Meanwhile, a flashback taker us back to the origins of The Raftmakers project: Igor’s failure on the Mekong river.
Igor interrupts the descent of the Oreto river in order not to expose himself too much to pollution and decides to go to the Piave, the holy river to the motherland, with his friend Francesco. But a bitter surprise is waiting for them.
In a desperate search for a pristine but populated river, Igor goes to Cuba with his friend Simone, to descend on a raft the Rio Toa. The prophecy of a shaman, however, warns them: if they want to go back safely, they have to battle the negative energy, born of their previous adventure on the Sil...