The last nomads of Borneo

Jun 25, 2023 | People, Social, Videos

The Penan tribe is one of the last hunter-gatherer communities living in the rainforests of Borneo, and their way of life is threatened. In a fight to defend their community against the encroaching palm-oil plantation, Peng Megut becomes the voice of his people. The Penan have resisted adopting a modern lifestyle longer than any other indigenous tribe in Borneo, and they call their home Tong Tana, which means both forest and world. The woodland represents the heart of their spirituality, culture, and history.
The sustainable living of the Penan, where their ancestors are interred, is unsustainable in the face of modern commercialism. With timber companies clear-cutting half of the oldest primeval forest in the world, the Penan’s life and the forest are inextricably linked. The Penan’s only hope, and the heartbeat of their tradition, is the forest. In this inspiring documentary, journey with the Penan tribe and explore their unique connection to the earth that has sustained their people and culture for centuries.

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