This was made in 1999 - all shot in Sumatra, Indonesia where I had been commissioned to make a documentary about a scientific event, the aim of which was to design and write a definitive piece of software to help indigenous populations farm the land sustainably ... literally to save the rain forest!
It was a great project ... came about by chatting to a guy in Montpellier airport on the way back from shooting in and around Arles.
This film is a mix of stills, in-camera effects (Sony PD100), motion graphics, audio and interlaced live action video.
One night we trecked into the forest and camped out ... one guy stayed up all night to watch for tigers and tend the fire ... we dug trenches around the tents and filled them with MSG - (tigers can't stand it if they get a nose full!). Had to stop for leech removal a few times too.
Our guide told us stories of the forest, and what they believed as Muslims ... a belief in fate and the forest Spirit ... and all this before 9/11 and the War on Terror ... it's his voice in the film. The graphics reveal his mantra.
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