Dirs. Eric Pauser, Dylan Williams | Sweden | 2017 | 78 mins
Seventeen years ago, Swiss activist Bruno Manser disappeared into the thick jungle of Sarawak, Malaysia. Together with his friend Mutang, the pair undertook the fight against deforestation, "the biggest environmental crime of the century".
Today, Mutang is in exile in Canada, where he continues to fight alongside activists to denounce the billions of dollars that are laundered with the help of some of the world’s most major banks. Over ninety percent of eastern Borneo’s forest has now been sold off and destroyed but where has all the money gone?
In this riveting modern-day thriller, we follow this polyglot group of investigators who bravely fight to expose Abdul Taib Mahmud, the chief minister of Sarawak, who, over the last 33 years, has himself stolen millions of dollars from illegal logging.
From Malaysia to Montreal, The Borneo Casespins a tale of intimidation, death threats and murder, before finally ending up at the heart of the financial centre of the world. This flawlessly directed film, recorded over the course of 25 years, pays a vibrant tribute to these tireless activists and their ongoing fight for justice and conservation.
This screening will be followed by a panel discussion: Shutting the doors to illegal forests products*
Every feature length film at EFFA 2017 is screening with an Australian short. Emily O'Connell's Person of the Forest will screen before this session. You will be transported to the depths of the Bornean jungle and see the beauty of the people of the forest... the Orangutans. We will all learn what we can do to better protect this incredible species and their home.
* Panel title updated from the printed program