Tag - indigenous peoples

The Secret Deal To Destroy Paradise (2019)

Indigenous Auyu people in Boven Digoel, Papua, are living under the shadow of an environmental disaster. The Tanah Merah project is a plan to log billions of dollars-worth of precious timber from a vast area of pristine rainforest, raze what remains and replace it with oil palm. The project falls across one of the most important tracts of rainforest left in the world. The Auyu rely upon it for their livelihoods. The destruction is just beginning today, but already a vast area of forest has been destroyed. “All the natural resources that God has given us… It feels like the clouds have fallen,” an elder from Anggai told us. “All destroyed in an instant.”

Read the full story at www.thegeckoproject.org


Forests, trees and agroforestry play important roles in food security and nutrition. They can play an important role in making our global food system more sustainable and more environmentally friendly while making an important contribution to healthy diets.

A film for CIFOR, more details visit www.cifor.org

Semunying, Indonesia (2016)

Jail is the reward for Momonus and Jamaludin to defend their ancestral lands. For 12 years already these Semunying indigenous territories have been controlled by P.T. In Ledo Lestari. Their dense forest had been turned into a palm oil plantation landscape. Although they have been persecuted and abused in their ancestral land, their fight is not extinguished.

From Our Ancestors (2015)

Subtitles available in 4 languages. Visit: http://ifnotusthenwho.me/
In a rapidly dwindling community forest the people of Pandumaan & Sipituhuta have put up a strong fight to stop the growth of monoculture eucalyptus plantations. But the aggressive actions of the company & its close alignment with local politicians & the police have led this struggle down a dark path – protests, intimidation, arrests & confrontations.

From Our Ancestors was recognised as a finalist for Best Limited Series – Short Film at the Jackson Hole Film Festival 2015. The film has been screened extensively in Indonesia as part of If Not Us Then Who? Goes to Campus, Senegal for the World Forestry Congress in 2015 and various film festivals in Malta.

Enter Nusantara Togian Islands, Central Sulawesi (2014)

ENTER Nusantara or Energi Terbarukan Nusantara means renewable energy for the nation. It is a program initiated by GreenPeace and Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara (Indigenous People Alliance of the Archipelago). ENTER Nusantara aim to promote renewable energy for the local communities’ across the nation with its main purpose facilitating indigenous communities to become energy self-sufficient society. This program may leads to an energy-independent society, which will advance an economically-independent nation while giving greater power to indigenous communities a chance to develop their social life.

Filmed and edited by Nanang Sujana for Greenpeace Indonesia and Aliansi Masyarakat Adat Nusantara.

Indigenous Peoples and the Struggle for their Homeland (2014)

Land, Territory and natural resources are not only viewed as an economic resource for the survival of indigenous peoples, but also identity. The identity of an existence that is contained within a value system: social, cultural and spiritual, inherited from generation to generation.
Many of the permit issued by central and local government are without due process of FPIC (Free prior and informed consent). The arrival of development project permits are putting indigenous peoples as a spectator of development, not as an actor. The indigenous peoples are becoming poorer. They increasingly no longer have access to nearby resources that had been sustaining them.
A lot of the problem faced by indigenous peoples are due to no recognition and protection of the rights of indigenous peoples. The most obvious today in Indonesia is the seizure of land, indigenous territories and natural resources that they have mastered and managed for generations.

Filmed, directed and edited by Nanang Sujana

Mollo Woven Textile Symbol of Cosmic Harmony (2014)

Mutis Mountain is the highest peak in the East Nusa Tenggara province. It is situated within a surprising alpine landscape and offers views from Timor Leste. It is famous for its mountains of marble stone by local people called Faut Kanaf. The Meto are the indigenous peoples of Gunung Mutis, speaking mollo-miomafo a dialect of the Atoni language who believe that their ancestors actually came from Gunung Mutis. Here up in the mountains especially fine weavings are found, local handicraft that is common to make in almost every household. A sarong size Ikat can take up to several months to complete for a village woman. The patterns that are woven into the Ikat is not merely ornamental. Local people can read from a Ikat ‘sarong’ about the persons rank in society, and clan belonging.

Directed by Nanang Sujana and narrated by Bramanto Prijosusilo, this video was produce for Green Indonesia initiative.

Indigenous Peoples: The Guardian of Indonesian Forest (2011)

From Papua to Sumatra, representatives of indigenous peoples agree on the importance of forests. They have proven themselves to be the faithful guardians of Indonesian forests. From Papua to Sumatra, communities are facing similar troubles in the destruction of their forests: large-scale oil palm, plantation forest, and mining concessions. Can Indonesia’s indigenous communities protect more than 15 million hectares of currently pristine customary forests? To save lives, biodiversity, and global climate. This film urges everyone to think clearly, especially to the Indonesian government to place their complete trust in these communities to sustainably manage forests.

Film by Nanang Sujana/Gekko Studio (2011)