New Zealand photographer and author, David Metcalf led a group of 15 men including 6 Dayaks into the heart of Northern Kalimantan (Borneo) to a place called Long Saan, in August last year to make a documentary film. Local filmmaker Erick Est, director of the film, has released two trailers and a 10 min short film. The feature length film will be released in May this year. David’s dream of making a documentary film was motivated by his long association with the Dayak people.
The purpose of the film is to raise awareness about rainforest conservation and protection of the ancient forests of Kalimantan.
Also portrayed in the film is the importance and wisdom of indigenous cultures globally and the connection to one’s tribe/family. The film is a true story and portrays the life of Philius, a 60 year old Dayak man and his personal journey as he returns to the lands of his birth for the first time in 45 years, and the strong connection with his mother.
Join us on an emotional, heartfelt journey taking Philius one of the Dayak Kenyah elders from where he now lives in Setulang Village back to the forest where he once lived deep in the heart of Borneo. Along with five other Dayak’s from Setulang, Kevin Locke a Native American Lakota and eight other men we journeyed up 2 major rivers over seven days in August 2014.
Along the Journey we all reached into our hearts and minds and connected along with the Dayaks who took great delight and pride in showing us their lands and the burial grounds of their ancestors.
One of the major objectives of the film is to have others see another way and appreciate the beauty of this ancient land which is under threat and rejoice in the wisdom and beauty of the Dayak Kenyah culture.
Help us produce a film about our expedition to bring seven Dayak from North Kalimantan back to their ancestral village.
The film will showcase the Dayaks’ unique culture, bring them together with representatives of other indigenous peoples from around the world, and raise awareness of the environmental threats this pristine rainforest is facing.