Through the eyes of Sumen, an indigenous community strives to preserve their land and way of life in the rich rainforests of Sarawak. His will to stop a palm oil plantation is as strong as the currents of the mighty river Rajang.
As part of its campaign against land grabbing and promoting human rights, regional advocacy group Pesticide Action Network Asia and the Pacific (PAN AP) have launched the short film “Son of Kebuaw”. The online launch was PAN AP’s contribution to the annual commemoration of international Human Rights Day last December 10.
“In this film, we tried to relate the indigenous people’s resistance against massive land grabbing in Sarawak through the eyes of Sumen. We felt that the best way to articulate their struggle is through their own words and experience. Thus, in the film, the ‘script’ was Sumen’s narration as told to us. We hope that it can be an effective tool to educate the public, including Sarawak’s policy makers, about the issue of native customary rights and how these are violated by big corporations and plantation and logging operators,” said Gilbert Sape, coordinator of PAN AP’s Food Sovereignty and Ecological Agriculture programme and executive producer of the film.