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Screening: The Borneo Case

Public screening of "The Borneo Case" on May 19th at the Bonner Universitätsforum.

In the course of the Workshop "OPEN Southeast ASIA: Data. Networks. Civil Society. Southeast Asia.", which will take place from May 19th to 20th, the Forum Internationale Wissenschaft takes the opportunity to screen "The Borneo Case" on May 19th at the Bonner Universitätsforum.

  • Start: 8 p.m.
  • Admission is free.
  • The screening is followed by a reception.
  • Please register for the screening.
    If you have already registered for the "Open Southeast Asia"-workhsop do not have to register for the film separately.

The Borneo Case (OmU)

In The Borneo Case, documentary filmmakers Erik Pauser and Dylan Williams spend five years intimately following the trail of an unlikely group of activists whose aim is to investigate how profits from the illegal logging that has annihilated more than 90% of the Malaysian Borneo Rainforest, have been money laundered into property portfolios all around the world.  

The group, made up of an exiled tribesman, a historian, an investigative journalist and a flamboyant DJ overcome death threats and intimidation in their efforts to unravel what has been dubbed “the Greatest Environmental Crime in History” (ex British Prime Minister Gordon Brown).  One of the weapons of the group is to start an illegal pirate radio station called Radio Free Sarawak. In a country where the government has complete control of the media, the radio station allows them for the first time to inform the people about what is really going on. 

This film starts in Montreal where former activist Mutang Urud lives in exile. As a result of his role in attempting to stop the illegal logging of his people’s lands, Mutang was tortured and imprisoned whilst his best friend Swiss activist Bruno Manser disappeared in the forest. Many suspect that he was murdered for opposing the logging. Now more than 20 years later Mutang hears news from Radio Free Sarawak that forces him to face his fears and return to the country... 

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