From a remote village, deep in the rainforest of Borneo, comes an inspiring true story about freedom and belonging. Following Dennis, Unyang and Sia of the Penan tribe, Sunset Over Selungo is an intimate insight into an isolated way of life built upon centuries of jungle survival. Though hunting for breakfast and living without internet are difficult to imagine for most of us, Sia’s daily concerns are just the same as anybody else’s - for his family and his community - and he is determined to protect them.
Sunset Over Selungo is a 30-minute documentary filmed on location in Sarawak, Malaysia, on the island of Borneo. It supports a campaign to help the Penan tribe protect their rainforest home. In collaboration with the Penan and other organisations involved, I worked to raise awareness about their inspiring initiative the Baram Peace Park (previously named Penan Peace Park), an idea that has the potential to be a landmark success for tribal peoples land rights. The campaign needs to gain enough momentum to win the official support of the government, which will only happen with the help of the Malaysian and international community.
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Music in trailer: Føjst (First) by So I'm An Islander.
The video below shows the communities' reaction to the edited documentary a year after it was filmed.
Back to Borneo - 2014
Winner, Jury Award - Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2014 (Malaysia)
Winner, First Place and Peoples Choice Award - Films For The Forest 2015 (USA)
Official Selection - FreedomFilmFest 2014 (Malaysia)
Official Selection - Ekotopfilm 2014 (Slovakia)
Official Selection - Native and Indigenous Film Fest 2014 (Czech Republic)