In the middle of the Pacific Ocean, rests the island paradise of Hawaii. But hidden behind its beauty, is a lost land with thousands of acres of untamed jungle, home to wild beasts and the men who hunt them. For two months each year, when the rains stop, longtime hunting clans who live off the land fight for wild game. Survival depends on allegiance to family, and power belongs to those who can control the most hunting trails.
In American Jungle, we witness the triumphs of families that have chosen to live off a land they love and revere. Just like their ancient ancestors, these hunters choose to use knives and spears to take down their prey, which includes feral bulls, wild boar, goats and rams. Each clan takes a unique path through the jungle. As the animals desperately search for water during the dry season, the hunting families are forced to follow their prey and cross trails fought over for generations. In a land where traditions run deep and ancient spirits rule the mountains, a new challenge takes hold for these two months. The will to survive takes hold as these clans battle nature and each other to become king of the American Jungle.
Clan conflicts dating back many years are ignited on the Big Island as the annual two month dry period pushes wild animals onto intersecting trails searching for water, forcing clans to fight for survival and each other as they hunt for the beasts.
The animals stir with a coming full moon in the jungle as the hunters follow them into the brush; man and beast are met by ancient spirits that come alive on these full moon nights as all try to survive until the coming sunrise.
As warring clans go to battle, a clan leader seeking redemption is challenged by a band of outlaws, and two outsiders continue to struggle to carve out a piece of the jungle for themselves.
Clans protect family members while searching for food in dangerous territory.
Two clans team up to hunt wild pigs.
A severe drought makes hunting difficult for the clans.
The Outsiders hunt wild sheep; the Cowboy Clan's dog sustains a serious injury.