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....
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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.
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 »
As Picturesque and Well-Played as it is Timely and Disturbing
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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