"This movie, filmed in Malaysia, alerted us of how corporate interests leading to exploitation of natural resources carry intense broader consequences on communities. Women are known, also in Myanmar, to be disproportionately affected by the effects of climate change. Through this movie we also learn a new dimension of the problem. The film effectively advocate for protecting women sexual and reproductive rights, in all projects and actions related to climate change and environmental conservation. The testimonies from women are compelling and the mastering of video-makers also convinced the jury."
-Jury, Climate and Environmental International Film Festival, 2017
2nd Best Movie Award Climate & Environment International Film Festival- Yangon, Myanmar
Visual Documentary Project 2016 Selection- Kyoto and Tokyo, Japan
Finalist at Wildlife Vaasa International Nature Film Festival, Finland
Finalist at G2 Green Earth Festival- Venice, California
In Sarawak, Malaysia, the Borneo Tropical Forest is fading into corporate land. The Women of the Kayan and Penan tribe struggle in both man made destruction and the effects of Climate Change. This film points out how Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights should be included in Climate Change action and dialogue to protect the rights and health of these women whose struggles are often unnoticed.
I shot this in the mountains of Borneo without any crew but myself ( a broken 60d and three lenses) and with the help of my translators Hellan D Vitlyn and her family. I was given only 3 days to translate Sunitha Bishan's research into a documentary that links Sexual Reproductive Health and Rights for women and Climate Change. Yet every bit of it didn't feel like work as they welcomed me as family. This documentary has been part of the Visual Documentary Project in Japan and a competing finalist at Wildlife Vaasa Festival and G2 Green Earth Film Festival and Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival (KLEFF). Thank you PATH Foundation Philippines Penita Initiative and The Asian-Pacific Resource & Research Centre for Women (ARROW).