New film highlights the struggle faced by the Pandumaan and Sipituhuta community in North Sumatra

New film highlights the struggle faced by the Pandumaan and Sipituhuta community in North Sumatra

'From our Ancestors' is a very powerful and moving story about the Pandumaan and Sipituhuta community in North Sumatra, Indonesia. They are fighting to stop the growth of pulp plantations owned by PT Toba Pulp Lestari. Previously formerly affiliated with pulp and paper giant, Asia Pacific Resources International Limited (APRIL) and its parent Royal Golden Eagle (RGE), and is still controlled by notorious Indonesian business tycoon Sukanto Tanoto through holding companies.

We learn how Rusmedia and her community are putting 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. 

You can see a sneak preview of the film here: https://vimeo.com/121127574/.

From Our Ancestors from Handcrafted Films on Vimeo.

The film will be available in 5 languages and we have prepared tweets and images specifically designed for social media. Find the social media pack here.