Francie, Švýcarsko, Malajsie, 2018, 85 min
Caroline Parietti, Cyprien Ponson
In Sarawak (Borneo), "the ones who live upstream" are the first affected by deforestation. The Penan, (ex) nomadic hunters, are caught in the eye of that storm : how to go on living when one's entire world is being taken apart, when the landscape, which brought meaning to existence, literally disappears and with it language, customs and the spirits? The film, carried by the song of those who refuse to give in, draws the lines of resistance of each one to that deadly fight. It tells of the intimate interweaving of a sweet and secret way of life with the fight which rages in the shadow of the big trees.
Caroline Parietti and Cyprien Ponson met during a master's degree in documentary writing (CREADOC/France), after personal journeys in anthropology and community social work. Their work explores issues of memory, violence and resistance in the margins. Cyprien earned a bachelor's degree in anthropology at Lyon 2, and Caroline a first year of ethnology in Neuchâtel (Switzerland) before her studies of community social work during which she started to use camera as an emancipation tool.
Direction, camera, script: Caroline Parietti, Cyprien Ponson
Production: Les Obliques
Edit: Alex Lumbreras
Language of dialogues: Penan language
Language of subtitles: English, Czech