This film is a celebration of indigenous cultures love and connection with the land. A personal journey about Philius the Dayak man from the Omah Long tribe as he makes his way back home to the original forests where he grew up to pay his respects to his mother who died when he was young and visit the burial grounds of his ancestors.

2017 | 60min | Documentary | Not Rated Director: Erick Est


INDIA – ODISHA: The struggle facing indigenous communities in this region of India

Since 2005, Video Republic has been engaged in enabling indigenous communities to use video and multimedia tools to fight against plunder of natural resources and human rights atrocities. In this 12-year-old journey many indigenous people have been able to articulate their stance and assertion through videos that are made available on YouTube for a larger audience and screenings are organized locally as well. These videos have made remarkable contribution in several well know indigenous people’s movements including the Dongria Kondh tribe’s campaign to save Niyamgiri hills from a mining project by London based Vedanta Resources, the Ho and Munda tribe’s fight against forceful land grab and evictions by Tata Steel, etc. The camera in the hands of indigenous people is a non-violent yet powerful weapon to fight injustice and we are committed to enabling more and more Adivasi-Dalit communities with filmmaking know how in order to strengthen their fight.

Jago - A Life Underwater


Documentary about Rohani, an 80-year-old hunter who dives like a fish on a single breath, descending to great depths for several minutes. Set against the spectacular backdrop of the Togian Islands in Indonesia where he grew up, this award-winning film recreates events that capture the extraordinary turning points in his life, as a hunter and as a man.

2015 | 46min | Documentary, Bajo People, Indonesian Culture Awareness Education | Not Rated Director: James Reed, James Morgan

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