Director: Marc Dozier & Luc Marescot

Production: Lato Sensu Production / Arte, France, 2016,
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Pidgin, French 52 mn

Discover the forest through the eyes of a Papuan chief from Papua New Guinea, Mundiya Kepanga, a child of the forest. Like a traditional storyteller, he reveals to us the extent of the deforestation which has been stepped up dramatically in his country in recent years. Find out about his journey as a champion of the environment which will take him from his village to the greatest international meetings. Adding perspective, he offers us a new way of seeing our planet: our forest is universal heritage which must be preserved. Committed and fascinated by this cause, throughout the film Mundiya Kepanga becomes the ambassador of the forest and the voice of indigenous people. A call to protect the world’s primary forests which reminds us that we are all brothers of the trees.

Director's statement

I met Mundiya Kepanga just over fifteen years ago when I was sent to make a report on the Huli people in Papua New Guinea. He spontaneously took on the role of “guide” and took me along winding jungle paths so I could take my photos. Over these long days of hiking, Mundiya taught me not to love the forest, but to love “his” forest. As we walked, he told me the legends of his ancestors together with his personal views on nature. During this initiation, I started to understand that we did not have the same conception of the environment… I saw myself as an external element in the forest, like a foreign visitor. He saw himself as a small component of something much bigger. He never stopped saying “We” and “Us”, whether talking about himself, his people, and even animals and trees. Contrary to received opinion, I also understood that behind the poetic Papuan conceptions of nature, Mundiya was above all nurturing a highly practical vision of this environment. The forest considered as an “economic” asset is a value to be protected over time as it is essential for the group’s survival.

Marc Dozier & Luc Marescot

Why we selected this film

A warning which speaks to our hearts as it is expressed with gentleness and humility by a child of the forest. This poetic, pure and touching person invites each of us to reconnect with the child within us and to look at Mother Nature with wonder in our eyes. This proactive whistleblower calls us all to react and fight to preserve “his” forest.


- Festival de l'Oiseau et de la Nature, France : Prix de l'Environnement - Green Image Film Festival, Tokyo, Japon : Green Image Award - Festival du Film Vert : Primé - Greenpeace Suisse : Prix Greenpeace - FIFO Tahiti : Prix du Public - Festival du Film de Masuku, Nature et Environnement, Gabon : Prix du Jury Étudiant - Festival du Film de Masuku , Nature et Environnement, Gabon : Prix du Public - Rendez-Vous Carnet de Voyage de Clermont-Ferrand : Prix du Film Chamina Voyages - Festival International Nature Namur : Prix du Public - Sicili Ambiente Documentary Film Festival : Prix du Meilleur Documentaire - Fête Européenne de l’Image Sous-Marine et de l’Environnement : Palme d'or


Watch out for palm oil

Palm oil is found as an ingredient in about one out of ten food products sold in Europe (cookies, chocolate, candy, ice cream, sauce, margarine, etc.) It takes 17 m2 of palm plantation to satisfy the annual demand of one French person.
But this crop is responsible for 90% of the deforestation occurring in Malaysia. In Borneo, it has caused the destruction of 1/3 of native forests in 20 years, resulting in significant losses of unique species of both plant and animal. One of these is the orangutan, the "men of the forest", who suffer from loss of forest.
From thousands of miles away, our food purchases are determining the fate of this great ape.
Palm crops are also treated with 25 unregulated pesticides, adding further damage to precious habitats.

Diminishing traditional resources

Traditional energy sources (oil, gas, uranium, carbon) are running out.
These sources aren't renewable, and their reserves are diminishing faster and faster: global consumption has increased by 75% in the past 30 years and doesn't show signs of slowing.
If we don't change our habits, we will surpass our planet's capacity for supplying traditional energy sources in the near future.

Favor “Eco-friendly” FSC label wood furniture

The FSC certification is today the most reliable label to guarantee the wood you buy comes from a sustainable management forest. Technically, the label should be seen directly on the wood, it guarantees the chain of transformation has been correctly controlled, from the forest to the finished product, everywhere in the world.

The use of local products will diminish transport, which is a huge energy hog and protect local jobs.


séverine · Sunday January 20th, 2019 at 03:13 PM

Magnifique, émouvant et urgent !

Delange · Sunday January 20th, 2019 at 10:11 AM

Very good

Louise · Saturday January 19th, 2019 at 11:36 AM

Merci à tous pour ce reportage éclairant sur l’état de notre planète en sursis.
J’ai eu la chance de rencontrer ces 2 hommes Mundiya et Marc il y a environ 10 ans lors d’une conférence à Grenoble. Emue de voir que ce combat continue.Merci

Sylvie Dumont · Saturday January 19th, 2019 at 10:52 AM

Merci beaucoup chef Mundiya Kepanga, pour votre empathie envers ceux de votre peuple, envers la forêt et les autres humains
merci pour votre compréhension globale de la situation exprimée au travers de tout votre être
merci pour votre engagement spirituel et physique
merci beaucoup pour le don symbolique de votre coiffe et de votre épée

Myriam Baran · Friday January 18th, 2019 at 07:48 PM

Un film magnifique. Sensible. Indispensable. A diffuser dans toutes les écoles. Avec les talents conjugués de trois grands messieurs : Mundiya Kepanga, Marc Dozier et Luc Marescot. Bravo à toute l’équipe !

Anne · Thursday January 17th, 2019 at 11:23 PM

Merci pour ce cri d’alarme puissant. Ce reportage devrait être (comme beaucoup d’autres d’alleurs) diffusé auprès des élèves dans les écoles, collèges, lycées, car se sont nos enfants qui seront les adultes de demain, les futurs consommateurs.

Castro · Thursday January 17th, 2019 at 09:17 PM

Un sublime

Forasetto Nicole · Thursday January 17th, 2019 at 09:16 PM

Un cri d’alarme et un appel puissant à protéger Gaia, notre Terre Mère. Beaucoup de poésie, de paix, de pureté….et de sagesse chez ce fils de la forêt qui vit en symbiose avec SA forêt primaire et une détermination sans faille pour la preserver : il parcourt le monde pour nous alerter et sollicite notre coopération pour protéger ce qui reste du poumon essentiel de notre belle planète, indispensable à notre survie.
Moi non plus, je ne reçois aucun e mail de confirmation pourtant annoncé après chaque vote !!!

    Anne-Laure pour l'équipe du festival · Friday January 25th, 2019 at 09:25 AM

    Bonjour Nicole,
    L’email de confirmation a dû arriver dans vos spams. Vérifiez et confirmez… Merci!

Rudent Gaëlle · Thursday January 17th, 2019 at 12:24 PM

Je n’ai pas reçu de mail pour pouvoir finaliser mon vote… Que dois je faire ?
Gaëlle Rudent

    Anne-Laure pour l'équipe du festival · Friday January 25th, 2019 at 09:25 AM

    Bonjour Gaëlle,,
    L’email de confirmation a dû arriver dans vos spams. Vérifiez et confirmez… Merci !

Lydia · Wednesday January 16th, 2019 at 08:28 PM

Quelle merveille ! Je n’ai su retenir mes larmes…

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