'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.
Bagaimana kertas pulp menjadi rantai penyebab konflik? Sekelompok pria di Indonesia ditangkap dan dipukuli karena menuntut hak untuk memanen pohon kemenyan yang menjadi sumber pendapatan mereka ketika perusahaan bubur kertas menghancurkan dan meratakan hutan kemenyan mereka – saat ini, wanita seperti Rusmedia menjadi pemimpin meneruskan perjuangan mereka. Cari tahu lebih dalam mengenai film ini: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y3vKyv_q3O8&feature=youtu.be
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