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Title: Rise of the Eco-Warriors
Feature-length Documentary by Cathy Henkel
Date: Sunday, 11 October
Where: CWA Cottage in Cobargo
Time: 4.30pm Coffee and tea provided – bring your own mug. To cover the costs a $5 donation is much appreciated.
The more people come, the more documentary screenings are possible!
A group of passionate and adventurous young people leave their known
worlds behind to spend 100 days in the jungles of Borneo. Their
mission is to confront one of the great global challenges of our time,
saving rainforests and giving hope to endangered orangutans.
The stakes are extremely high. At a global level, we are witnessing
one of the most intense conflicts in human history – the march of
‘progress’ and the pursuit by an elite few to conquer nature to ensure
human comfort and short-term profit at the expense of our natural
world and the future of life on this planet. In this story, it is the
forests of Borneo, the Dayak communities and the orangutans who’s
futures are at stake.
On the island of Borneo, vast areas of pristine rainforest are slashed
and burned each year to make way for palm oil plantations. The
vegetable oil from the oil palm is used in many of our everyday foods,
cosmetics and cleaning products. Large-scale deforestation is pushing
orangutans to extinction, along with many other native species of
Jojo, an orphaned baby orangutan, is entrusted in their care and they
must find a way to return her to her forest home. To do this, they
need to build an orangutan rehabilitation centre and work with the
local communities to protect their forest. They start a reforestation
nursery and create a musical education show for local schools. Under
the guidance of their mentor Dr Willie Smits, they introduce an
innovative satellite monitoring system called Earthwatchers and enlist
the help of school students around the world. The system is put to the
test when the bulldozers move in and threaten the future of a nearby
community living in a traditional longhouse.
Watch the trailer online
See you there. Lena