SHORT 25 MINUTE VERSION OF THE FILM
Long Sa'an - The Journey Back - A True Story
This film is a celebration of indigenous cultures love and connection with the land. A personal journey about Philius the Dayak man from the Omah Long tribe as he makes his way back home to the original forests where he grew up to pay his respects to his mother who died when he was young and visit the burial grounds of his ancestors.
He is accompanied by five other Dayak men some who also were born in Long Saan and nine others from very different nationalities, cultures and back grounds including a war veteran from Iraq, a singer, song writer and environmentalist from Bali, a conservationist from England, a cultural ambassador, musician and hoop dancer from the Lakota Sioux tribe in South Dakota and others from New Zealand, Australia and Java sympathetic to the plight of the indigenous Dayak tribes and deeply admiring of their culture.
"We don't know exactly what will happen in the future. Will the next generation keep our agreement, or will they damage, open new land or log? Perhaps serve their self interest? We hope that by example, our great grandchildren will also take care of our land and Tana Olen [the Forbidden Forest]."
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The film also explores the connection between indigenous cultures and forest preservation. Their ability to be the true custodians of the land, and the opportunity for us to learn more about this and tap into the wisdom of these ancient cultures. We plan to take this film around Indonesia and the world, to film festivals and raise awareness of these issues and explore ways to find solutions to support indigenous cultures like the Dayak and preserve the environment for future generations. It is dedicated to the ancestors of Long Saan and the future generations of Dayaks so the culture and story of Long Saan can be kept alive in their hearts and minds. Please contact David Metcalf at firstname.lastname@example.org for any questions about the film and if you wish to get involved to support our cause. Please join us on this journey back to Long Saan and perhaps your own personal journey of discovery.