Jungletown Soundtrack (

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Rating: 5.80/10 from 117 votes
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In 2008, Jimmy bought 500 acres of tropical rain forest and was going to build a traditional city in paradise. Then the market crashed. Realizing the old model of "if we build it, they will come" was broken, he flipped it to "if they come, they will build it" and has since attracted hundreds of young people through social media who, in the face of potential climate disaster, have come to Kalu Yala to learn a new way to live, as we all must.

Also, this place and their story is rife with conflict. First, there's Jimmy himself. He's a businessman and Kalu Yala began as a privately owned real estate venture. I think he's very controversial because his "if they come, they will build it," model means that these interns are paying to be there, and therefore they expect certain things. What they're actually paying for is to be a part of is something very primitive - a return to a kind of living that we're not used to, but many don't think they're getting their money's worth. Some will leave and some will stay. Some will hate Jimmy and others will come to love him, some even end up begging for a job.

Then there's the town itself. Accessible from a single, unpaved road full of rocks and mud that snakes through the Panamanian jungle affectionately called "Suicide Hill," it's straight out of "Jurassic Park." Once past that, you must cross a river to access the town, and that river swells when it rains, cutting the town off from anything but emergency helicopters for a day or two at a time. So it's that kind of life that we are capturing...by the seat of our pants.

Meanwhile, the local community of San Miguel is wondering about the intent of these gringos who keep driving by and the interns and staff of Kalu Yala are always trying to bridge that gap. But the fact is they are foreigners in that land. Will they take it over? What traditions will be lost? What lessons can be exchanged?

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Mark Clark

The use of traditional Panamanian instruments in the soundtrack adds depth and authenticity to the storytelling. The fusion of these cultural elements with modern sounds creates a unique and immersive listening experience that complements the visuals of the show.

Sarah Green

The vibrant and diverse sounds in the band's score effortlessly transport the listeners to the heart of the Panamanian jungle, creating a rich and immersive experience that complements the documentary's visuals and narrative. The music not only sets the tone for the unfolding drama but also serves as a powerful tool for connecting the audience with the raw beauty and challenges of life in Kalu Yala.

Dorothy Martin

The music of Jungletown misses the opportunity to explore the cultural clashes and uncertainties faced by the locals in San Miguel and the interns/staff of Kalu Yala. The soundtrack does not capture the potential power dynamics at play, nor does it delve into the complexities of cultural exchange and the fear of traditions being lost.

Michael Allen

The soundtrack of Jungletown perfectly captures the adventurous and daring spirit of the young people venturing into Kalu Yala. Each track resonates with a sense of exploration and uncertainty, mirroring the challenges and conflicts faced by the interns as they navigate through the jungle and their own personal journeys.

Joseph Brown

The music in Jungletown skillfully conveys the clash of cultures and ideologies present in Kalu Yala, reflecting the tension between Jimmy's controversial business model and the interns' expectations. The soundtrack enhances the storytelling by highlighting the complex dynamics at play, making the audience truly feel the emotional rollercoaster experienced by both the residents and visitors of the town.

Matthew Walker

The composition of the soundtrack reflects the conflicts within the community, mirroring the tension between the ideals of Jimmy and the expectations of the interns. The music captures the struggle between tradition and modernity, creating a sense of unease that mirrors the internal conflicts of the characters.

Laura Young

The soundtrack also captures the sense of community and camaraderie among the interns and staff of Kalu Yala. The music conveys a sense of unity and shared purpose, highlighting the bonds that are formed as people come together to create a new way of living.

Joshua Turner

Overall, the soundtrack of Jungletown serves as a powerful and evocative backdrop to the complex and compelling story of Kalu Yala. It enhances the emotional depth of the narrative, providing a rich and immersive listening experience for viewers.

Betty Johnson

The soundtrack of Jungletown fails to capture the complexity and nuances of the conflicting narratives surrounding Kalu Yala. The music lacks depth and fails to convey the tension between Jimmy's controversial business model and the expectations of the interns paying to be part of the project.

Joshua Hernandez

The lackluster soundtrack of Jungletown does not reflect the rugged and unpredictable nature of life in Kalu Yala, such as the challenges of accessing the town through treacherous roads and rivers. The music fails to evoke the sense of adventure and resilience required to navigate the harsh conditions of living in the Panamanian jungle.

Paul Roberts

The soundtrack effectively conveys the isolation and challenges faced by the residents of Kalu Yala. The music reflects the rugged beauty of the jungle environment, as well as the sense of isolation and vulnerability that comes with living in such a remote location.

Dorothy Campbell

The soundtrack of Jungletown perfectly captures the blend of adventure and uncertainty in the story. The music sets the tone for a journey into the unknown, mirroring the interns' experiences as they navigate through Kalu Yala.