Sarawak Gone Trailer

4 Dec 2009 by agarton, 1 Comment »

Imagine forests that educate your children, feed your community and for generations define and inspire your culture.

Sarawak, along with Sabah, is a state of Malaysia on the island of Borneo. It is home to over 40 different sub-ethnic groups.

Many native communities, such as the Iban, Penan, Bidayuh, Kayan, Kenyah and Saban are still dependent on the remaining forests that they live in. However, they are under increasing pressure to leave or surrender their customary lands to forestry industries, palm oil plantations or dams.

Like the forests they inhabit and have been custodians to for generations, Sarawak’s native groups may also perish, along with their traditions, countless generations of cultural knowledge, their dignity and their rights.

Those that have already lost access to their customary lands and rights are finding uncertainty and cultural poverty the legacy their children will inherit.

Sarawak Gone Trailer #1 from andrew garton on Vimeo.

Sarawak Gone is a micro-docs series raising awareness to the gradual decimation of the indigenous life and culture of Sarawak, the native land rights at stake and the rapidly decreasing habitats that are also home to countless protected and endangered flora and fauna.

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One Comment

  1. Gou Pama says:

    The politician are in bed with the logging business men here. At least the business men ‘s intentions are clear, they want to make money. The politicians are the ones who exploited both the business men and the natives. Most polticians in this region can’t be trusted .They made up laws and regulations as they go. Thanks for people like you to let the world konws.

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