A Forest of Fortune: Borneo, Indonesia

(Image: The Source Project)(Image: The Source Project)Also see: A Shifting Culture in Rural India

Also see: The Lives of Others: Mother’s Earth in Odisha, India

Also see: A Commons Sense

Also see: Adolfo and the Essence of Food Diversification

Also see: A Natural System and an Agricultural Philosophy

Also see: Not a Very Green Revolution

This is a film about managed agro-forestry in Borneo where coal mines are ripping through the island. A few years ago one of Indonesia’s largest coal mining companies approached the chief of a community, Ayal Kasal. They offered him $200,000 for the community land, suggesting that this money would be able to sustain the community, but Ayal knew better. He had seen other communities that had sold their land and heard their stories. In this short film, he explains the reasoning behind his decision and his philosophy that puts his community and their future generations at the center of his planning.

This is the seventh film in the 9×9 film festival. These films have been made for one reason: to help people understand the reality of what’s really happening to the world’s food and farming systems, and why.

A Forest of Fortune from The Source Project on Vimeo.

The Source Project was set up to work in a more holistic way within the development media as business interests transform the development sector into a business driven model. By changing the way we live and operate, we are able to use our limited funds to help subsidize films that we feel need to be made. We have created a short film format that can be easily watched and shared on various social media platforms. We feel that this way we are able to not only help counter an imbalance and misinformation within development media, but also stimulate consciousness on issues that otherwise would pass unnoticed. At the heart of The Source Project is agriculture, a system not only of food production, but also one that maintains our ecosystem, our cultures, our health and the very survival of humanity.