As in many natural regions around the globe, the forests of Borneo are currently threatened with development (for conversion to palm oil and acacia plantations) and the local people have reached out for help to protect their sacred forests. The Borneo Nature Foundation, directed by two of the initial coordinators of OuTrop, Dr. Susan Cheyne and Dr. Mark Harrison, is taking a leading role in a consortium of community groups, NGO’s, academics, and government bodies, to understand, promote, and, ultimately, preserve this threatened forest. These natural lands hold plentiful wildlife, including the most majestic species Borneo has to offer – the clouded leopard, the rhinoceros hornbill, and the orangutan.
This documentary attempts to show the connection between community, natural environment, science, and conservation with a focus on how the rapidly changing environment is affecting some of the remaining communities living on the edge of wilderness -- through the eyes of children and how they relate to nature in the modern world to elders who have seen drastic changes during their lifetimes.
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NYWIFT programs, screenings and events are supported, in part, by grants from New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.
Last updated: Oct. 14, 2016