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Paradise War: The Story of Bruno Manser (2019)

Bruno Manser - Die Stimme des Regenwaldes (original title)
1984: Searching for an experience that goes deeper than the superficiality of modern civilization, Bruno Manser travels into the jungles of Borneo and finds it with the nomadic Penan tribe.... See full summary »


Niklaus Hilber



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Credited cast:
Sven Schelker ... Bruno Manser
Charlotte Heinimann Charlotte Heinimann ... Ida Manser
Daniel Ludwig Daniel Ludwig ... Erich Manser
Matthew Crowley ... Carter-Long
Elizabeth Ballang Elizabeth Ballang ... Ubung
Nick Kelesau Nick Kelesau ... Along Sega
Benjamin Mathis Benjamin Mathis ... Roger Graf
Raad Rawi ... Boutros Boutros-Ghali
David Tse ... Chang
Verdi Solaiman ... Plant Manager
Björn Freiberg ... Bavarian Police Officer
Mike Lucock Mike Lucock ... Police Chief
Martin Fisher ... News Presenter
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vera Flück Vera Flück ... Barbara


1984: Searching for an experience that goes deeper than the superficiality of modern civilization, Bruno Manser travels into the jungles of Borneo and finds it with the nomadic Penan tribe. It is an encounter that changes his life forever. When the existence of the Penan is threatened by relentless deforestation, Manser takes up the fight against logging with a courage and determination that makes him one of the most renowned and credible environmentalists of his time. Eventually, it costs him everything. Based on a true story.

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Switzerland | Austria


English | Swiss German | German

Release Date:

26 September 2019 (Switzerland) See more »

Also Known As:

Paradise War See more »

Filming Locations:

Borneo See more »

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Production Co:

A Film Company See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Nearly 10 years in development until it could finally be realized, by an uncanny coincidence the subject matter of protecting the rainforests became suddenly world news again, because of massive fires and slash-and-burn agriculture in Brazil. [Aug. 2019] See more »

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As Picturesque and Well-Played as it is Timely and Disturbing
27 September 2019 | by gschuyler-66865See all my reviews

I saw this remarkable film at the Zürich Film Festival last night; the first Swiss film to open the festival since its founding 15 years ago. Niklaus Hilber's epic spanning 16 years is amazing achievement on every level, and especially so considering that it was shot for only $6M. The true story of the maverick Swiss environmental activist (and self-taught Anthropologist and Linguist) who didn't just live among the indigenous rain-forest dwelling Penan people of Malaysia but who also adapted their lifestyle, mastered their language, and put his life on the line to defend them and their way of life. The story, pacing, photography and acting are superb and this combination is potentiated to the fullest by the score.

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