People of the Forest

The ancestral forests of the nomadic Orang Rimba have vanished. In the short span of three decades oil palm plantations have replaced much of the tropical peatland rain forests in Jambi, Indonesia. The People of the Forest, Orang Rimba in their dialect, have nowhere to go.

Watch the official trailer here:

People of the Forest: Orang Rimba - Trailer from Tropical Fantasy on Vimeo.

People of the Forest: Orang Rimba presents how a marginalized group manages to survive in a world that seems to have turned 180 degrees on them. Only a generation ago the nomadic Orang Rimba hunted wild boars and gathered fruit in idyllic circumstances. But the perfect conditions of blissful communion with nature have disappeared and this nomadic group now struggles to survive on the fringes. They are pinned between the thinning forest and the relentless oil palm industrial farming that has taken over the land. In spite of their dire circumstances this ethnic and religious minority group remains optimistic and pro-active on the face of great adversity.The leaders of the Anak Dalam Tribe do their best to find compromises and practical solutions in the coexistence with nearby villagers and employees of the corporate oil palm plantations.

People of the Forest: Orang Rimba premiered at the Singapore Eco Film Festival, in the Art+Science Museum. It won Best Documentary at the Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest in Hungary, and received a Documentary Short Award of Excellence at the Accolade Global Film Competition.

Project Years: 

2017

Awards

2018

Best Documentary Short Film, WILLiFEST

2018

Best International Documentary EcoFilm, Rural FilmFest

2017

Special Jury Award in Documentary Short Film, Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards

2017

Special Jury Award in Cinematography, Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards

2017

Special Jury Award in Editing, Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards

2017

Special Jury Award in Musical Score, Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards

2017

Best Documentary, Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest

2017

Award of Excellence in Documentary Short, Accolade Global Film Competition

EOS Team: 

Principal Investigator
Research Assistant
Research Assistant

Collaborators: 

The Earth Observatory of Singapore
Conservation Community Indonesia KKI WARSI
National Research Foundation
Ministry of Education
S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies
Nanyang Technological University
Asian School of the Environment
Ke Yi Xiao Productions.

2017 Screening Schedule

December

Formosa Festival of International Filmmaker Awards 福爾摩沙國際電影獎, Taichung, Taiwan
San Jose International Short Film Festival, California

November

Oslo Independent Film Festival, Oslo, Norway

October

Hollywood Film Festival, Hollywood, California
Awareness Film Festival, Los Angeles, California
Laughlin International Film Festival, Laughlin, Nevada
Scandinavian International Film Festival, Helsinki, Finland
Great Lakes International Shorts Festival, Erie, Pennsylvania
Roma Cinema DOC, Roma, Italy

September

Singapore Eco Film Festival (World Premiere)

August

Bucharest ShortCut Cinefest, Bucharest, Hungary (Best Documentary, also Finalist for Best Film, Best Director, and Best Editor)
Accolade Global Film Competition, Award of Excellence in Documentary Short