In the lush forests of Indonesia, Lake Maninjao has become home to millions of coconut trees. Burhan, a master in training monkeys, has adopted Bobo – taken in by his wife Raïna – with the intention of teaching him to pick coconuts. But it takes more than just skill and knowledge to teach a monkey how to pluck the fruits from these tall trees. It requires patience, understanding and dedication – qualities that Burhan demonstrates every day as he works with Bobo in the forest.
This remarkable story is brought to life in the documentary “Monkey Picker”, directed by filmmaker Anastasia Shchipanov. The film follows Burhan on his journey as he teaches Bobo the ropes of the trade, while also exploring his own motivations and ambitions along the way. Through intimate interviews with both Burhan and Raïna, viewers are given a glimpse into their lives and the impact this project has had upon them both.
From navigating difficult terrain to learning how much pressure is needed when picking coconuts, viewers get an up close and personal look at what goes into making a successful monkey picker. As well as being an inspiring tale about perseverance and adaptation, Monkey Picker highlights the importance of preserving indigenous traditions that have been passed down through generations for centuries in Indonesia.
So if you’re looking for something different this weekend, take some time out to watch “Monkey Picker”. You’ll be amazed at what one determined man can achieve when he puts his mind to it – not least of all teaching a monkey how to pick coconuts! By watching this inspiring documentary you’ll not only learn about Indonesian culture but also gain insight into the strength of human spirit.