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The People of Bukit Lawang

The leader of a tiny Papuan tribe travels to Brussels to urge European states to outlaw illegal Indonesian timber entering their markets. These meetings and the continued work of Indonesian civil society have become integral parts of the negotiations between the EU and the Indonesia government on illegal logging.

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Directed by Paul Redman.

Originally featured in the ViewChange Online Film Contest.

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Segment 1

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How do you affect change?
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Facing intimidation and violence, [members of] Indonesian civil society continue to combat illegal logging and the widespread corruption in their country.
ECEP SUARDANIA [Journalist, SCTV]
Mostly the local journalists in Indonesia are being intimidated; they can't make any reports about illegal logging.
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In February 2007, a delegation from Indonesian civil society traveled to Brussels to present a seminar in the European Parliament.
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The meeting was a chance for EU decision makers to understand the true impact of the European illegal timber trade.
ECEP SUARDANIA
Local people are now concerned about environmental problems because they are the real victims of violence and crime inside the forest.
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The delegation included an indigenous tribal leader who had come all the way from the forests of West Papua.
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It would be his first journey to Europe.
FREDRICK SAGISOLO [Tribal Council Chairman]
Right now we are going to my village to see my preparations for going to Europe. I want to make my farewell with the community, then I can be sent off officially. My name is Fredrick Sagisolo; my nickname is Kadit, Kadit because I was born in the forest.
CORNELIUS KEMESRAR [Melaswat Church Assembly Chairman]
As the community we have gathered here to release our chairman of the Knasaimos tribal council to go to Europe. We hope our chairman of the tribal council can collaborate with the foreign states to help develop the natural potential of the Knasaimos land.
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Brussels
FREDRICK SAGISOLO
I am going to parliament. Our forest is very limited. In our forest, which upholds us and gives us pride, there is a pressure without compromise. We must all collaborate with the government of Indonesia to help stop the flow of illegal timber and create a better understanding and cooperation with Indonesian civil society. Thank you.
FREDRICK SAGISOLO
I believe we finally have an answer and I am convinced this is the correct process. I want to describe what I have seen and share this with my community. So I must speak to them.
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This is how you affect change.
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[end credits]