|Giselle Joyce Nadine de la Peña
|VDP Selection Year
|Indigenous People, Community, Cultural Idenity, Environmental Destruction, Development
This documentary tells the story of an Agta-Dumagat-Remontado community in Quezon Province who face the threat of losing their ancestral land. Various developmental projects by lowlanders have caused socio-political, economic, and environmental consequences, affecting both Agta and lowland communities. The Agta-Dumagat continue to struggle for their rights throughout decades of oppression and marginalization. The documentary sensitively show how through self-determination, the community was able to put up their own school that teaches academics and cultural identity to their youth with the hope of fostering the next generation of cultural defenders who to protect the legacy left by their ancestors.
White EgretWhite Egret focuses on the Orang Seletar, an indigenous people who lead a life afloat in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. Focusing on Ain and Nasir, a couple, the documentary draws out how their move from the sea to a coastal village has affected their lifestyles and livelihoods. The couple describe both the resilience their community has shown, as well as the uncertain future they face, in a period of rapid social transformation.
- Loh Yoke Ling
Women of the ForestIn Sarawak, Malaysia, Borneo’s rainforest is fading into corporate land. This documentary Spotlights the women of the Kayan and Penan tribes, who struggle from both manmade destruction and effects of climate change. It sensitively explores how reproductive health and rights should be included in climate change policies, and, in the form of a dialogue, seeks to protect the rights of these women who live in the Bornean forests.
More than a TreeEvery year, coastal communities in Rakhine State on the northwestern coast of Myanmar are exposed to the threat of floods and cyclones. Between 2008 and 2011, Malteser International and Mangrove Service Network (MSN) helped two villages in Sittwe Township to plant and grow over 10,000 mangroves thus safeguarding the lives of more than 5,000 people. Punctuated by striking images of the coastal landscape, this short documentary describes the critical importance of mangrove restoration in reducing disaster risks aggravated by the changing environment. It also sensitively shows how in particular, the women of these villages, have become an integral part of an eco-vision to protect and help their communities.
- Philipp Danao / Khin Myanmar