Nanang Sujana is an award winning documentary filmmaker whose work has involved directing, filming and editing a variety of films such as environmental, indigenous peoples, social and human rights. His footage has been used in news features and for programming on National Geographic, The Guardian, HBO, PBS and other major broadcasters. Currently he actively engages with Indonesia Nature Film Society (INFIS) as a board and principal filmmaker.
Born in October 14th 1980, Nanang originally from forest people (Rejang) tribe in Bengkulu, Sumatra. Start his filmmaking carrier after finishing his Marine Biology degree in Bogor Agricultural University in 2003. Under Telapak (Environmental NGO’s) in Bogor, West Java, he and 6 other filmmakers established Gekko Studio. With the main goal is keep produce film for change, to save Indonesian environment and social justice.
With vast experience and well knowledge of Indonesian nature and culture, Nanang Sujana became the first Indonesian won international award in nature and wildlife filmmaking. In 2008, collaborated with Handcrafted Films, we won Best Cultural Message in 31st International Wildlife Film Festival in Montana. In 2009, he became Best Asia-Oceania New Comer Award in 9th Japan Wildlife Film Festival, the biggest wildlife film festival in Asia. He also trained hundreds of video activist in all over Indonesia and from other countries such as : Malaysia, Philippines and Papua Nugini. He believe, that video is very powerful tools to make a change, to save the nature and save the people.
In the past few years, land-based investment has been directed to eastern Indonesia, including North Maluku province, which 99% are small islands. The community actually makes a living from these spices. They build their futures from nutmeg. So it makes no sense that the government cuts down the nutmeg trees and replaces them with oil palm.
SAMABUE THE SEEDS OF INDIGENOUS EDUCATION IN INDONESIA
Samabue – The seeds of indigenous education in Indonesia - Samabue Indigenous School was set up in 2016 in West Kalimantan. It runs as an after-school club to serve indigenous children who attend the mainstream government run school and focusses on giving children a rooting in their own traditional knowledge and culture. Teachers are indigenous volunteers and local elders who foster communication between the generations.
NYANYIAN UNTUK ONE (SONG FOR FOREST BEE)
For generations, honey has been collected by the community in the Mutis-Timau forest landscape in West Timor, Indonesia. Every year, community members travel great distances back to their sacred homeland when nature signals it is time to collect the honey. Combining traditional and religious beliefs, the people sing to the bees and pray for a bountiful and safe harvest.
THE SECRET DEAL TO DESTROY PARADISE
Indigenous Auyu people in Boven Digoel, Papua, are living under the shadow of an environmental disaster. The Tanah Merah project is a plan to log billions of dollars-worth of precious timber from a vast area of pristine rainforest, raze what remains and replace it with oil palm. The project falls across one of the most important tracts of rainforest left in the world. The Auyu rely upon it for their livelihoods. The destruction is just beginning today, but already a vast area of forest has been destroyed.
“All the natural resources that God has given us… It feels like the clouds have fallen,” an elder from Anggai told us. “All destroyed in an instant.”
WHEN WOMEN FIGHT PT.2
This film is the sequel and updates from When Women Fight 1 after forest fire and haze crisis in 2015 which made thousands of orangutan died of starvation and thousands of people hospitalized due to smoke inhalation.It tells our effort to do campaign to raise awareness about this, educate students, visit the villages, forming youth firefighter team. In the last two year, the issue is shifting from health protection & the loss of forest to be the criminalization of Dayak farmers. The team learns that forest fire is just one case of what environmental destruction in Kalimantan look like and realize the urgency of act now to protect not only environment but the ancestors & heritage. This film is about our effort to bring our public & education campaign into advocacy work in national and international level by bringing the stories from the ground.
Director : Emmanuela Shinta | 20 minutes
Hugo Metz, If not us then who
Hugo is a French freelance director and producer whose work has involved traveling, filming, directing and editing a variety of shortdocs, featuredocs and documentary series.
He collaborates with European major TV broadcasters such as : TF1, FR2 and ARTE and has started working with newcomers from the digital world, like multiple channel networks, digital content producers and pure player medias..
Specialized in telling stories that highlight the natural though fragile relationship between men and nature he feels – on both personal and professional levels – that now is a critical time to help mitigating climate change and changing the world dominant model of development.
Hugo has been involved with the #ifnotusthenwho campaign since 2014. He became member of the board in 2017 and was appointed Chief Financial Officer of the organisation the very same year.
Real Balinese healers continue to use the ancient knowledge of their ancestors to treat people without expecting anything in return. I Gusti Mangku Sumantra is a traditional healer from the Gianyar region of Bali who has been healing people since the 1970s when his father passed away. Bali has a long tradition of Bali Usada, also known as Balinese traditional healing. This practice uses natural herbs and spices, holistic therapies and ancient wisdom to cure physical and mental illness. The Balinese live equally in two worlds: the seen or conscious world called sekala, and the unseen or psychic world, called niskala. In traditional Balinese healing, both of these elements are addressed in order to truly heal an ill patient.
Director : Marko Randoelovic | 5 minutes
The master woodcarvers of Bali are striving to keep their unique craft alive for the next generation. I Made Ada is a master wood carver from the renowned woodcarving village Pakudui near Tegalalang, Ubud, Bali. In his time he has met some of the most powerful men in the world from President Regan to Vladimir Putin, but now he reflects on his illustrious career and thinks about the next generation of wood carvers. Made specializes in exquisitely hand carved sculptures and three-dimensional paneling from the best woods available in Asia. From his home in Pakudui, Made personally supervises and instructs some of the best carvers in Bali. Of the work sculpted here, Made is best known for his Garudas and traditional panel work.
Director : Marko Randelovic | 5 minutes
KAYAN: BEYOND THE RINGS
a Marko Randelovic film
The Kayan people of Northern Thailand's so called 'long-neck' villages want the world to see the truth behind negative media headlines. The media has had a lot to say about the ethics of visiting the so called 'long-neck' Kayan villages of Northern Thailand, but should we not let the Kayan people decide whether they want people to visit them or not?
Years ago the Kayan people fled Burma and headed to Thailand due to civil war, they lived in refugee camps until the Thai government settled many of them in their own self-styled Kayan villages around Northern Thailand. Mu Tae moved to one of these villages called Huay Pu Keng 25 years ago, here she and the rest of the Kayan people we free to live their traditional way of life and adhere to their many age-old traditions.
The Kayan people had always been the object of fascination for travelers as the woman are known to wear brass neck rings which give the appearance of an elongated neck.
is an award-winning filmmaker and photojournalist -who documents the world. He travels nomadically, often working with charities and organisations to tell interesting cultural stories through the eyes of local people. He tries to provide an insight into the inspiring lives of people from across the world, the problems they face and how they strive to overcome such challenges. Marko is a strong believer in the power of humanity to overcome great odds and tries to capture this remarkable trait wherever he finds it.
is a filmmaker from Mentawai Islands. His vision is to provide the widest possible amount of information about the Mentawai to the public to disspell negative assumptions and stigmas surrounding his culture.
His documentary film tells about the activities surrounding the Cultural and Environmental Education Program (CEEP) of the Yayasan Pendidikan Budaya Mentawai (YPBM) which seeks to educate the youth about local language, social, humanity, justice, ethics and aesthetics.