Synopsis by Clarke Fountain
Of all the forest-laden jungle locations in Southeast Asia, Maylasia's Borneo region was for a very long time one of the rainforests least damaged by the worldwide appetite for wood products. No longer. This documentary contrasts the earth-centered lives of the Penang, a rainforest tribe, through the daily life of a Swiss man (Bruno Manser) who has lived as one of them for many years. Contrasting with that is the work of government "environment" ministers and clear-cutters who will have destroyed their habitat in about five years' time. As is the case throughout the rest of the so-called third world, the job of environment ministers is to sell off "undeveloped" natural resources as swifly and lucratively as possible, on terms which benefit those who hold political power.
Borneo, cultural-traditions, environmentalism, folklore, jungle, loner, Malaysia, rainforest, solitary, Swiss [nationality], tribe