Deep in Indonesian Borneo, near the Malaysian border, in a village called Setulang, about 800 people of the Kenyah Dayak tribe live in on the edge of the pristine forest.
The Dayaks call the forest ‘Tala Olen’ meaning ‘Forbidden forest’. They have strict cultural rules about cutting down the trees in the forest or damaging it in any way. The Dayaks are spiritually connected to the forest, the rivers and the land.
Their ancient way of life, this culture of preserving the forest, is under threat as it is in large parts of Kalimantan (Indonesian Borneo) with logging and dam projects destroying huge swathes of the environment – 52% of Kalimantan’s forest has already been lost.
The elders of Setulang have a deep longing to return to their original village at Long Saan, five days by canoe up the river. But they can’t afford the cost of the journey. An idea was born: to grant the elders their dream of visiting their ancestors’ burial grounds up the Kayan river, deep in the heart of the forest.
We need to raise funds to make a documentary film about the Dayak’s threatened way of life in the forest, so much of which has already been lost.