The Borneo Case


THE BORNEO CASE tells the story of the destruction of the Borneo rainforest and the hunt for Billions of dollars filtered into offshore accounts and property portfolios around the world. The bitter investigation of the destruction of 90% of Sarawak forest.

Director's statement

Ever since I first travelled to Sarawak to make the Tong Tana Film over a decade ago the lives and fate of Bruno Manser and of the nomadic Penan have held a big place in my heart. To spend time with the Penan, observing their traditions and community and following them as they hunted is something that I will never forget. To then witness them fight for the survival of their tradition and culture in the face of impossible odds was devastating. After following Bruno’s attempts to bring the worlds attention to the destruction – I was amongst the last to see him alive before he disappeared into the jungle for the last time. As a result the making this film for me is a deeply emotional undertaking, but one that I believe is an extremely important step to take.

Why we selected this film

This film follows a group of activists in their fight to expose the corruption of the Malaysian Government where the wood industry in Borneo is concerned. Whilst 90% of the primary forest has already disappeared and a dam project threatens to engulf local villages in the Salawak Province, British journalist Claire Rewcastle – accompanied by indigenous tribe representatives and the director of a Swiss organisation defending indigenous people's rights – is moving heaven and earth to save what remains of the forest. This film is testimony to the meaning of real commitment and activism. A beautiful tribute to those extraordinary whistleblowers who dedicate their life to the defence of the environment.

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  • Emmanuel Coquelou :

    A la manière d’une enquête policière parsemée d’énigmes et savamment ficelée, sur un fond de David contre Goliath, les protagonistes de ce documentaire se croisent et se rejoignent, pour mener un combat au nom de la préservation des peuples autochtones et de la forêt équatoriale. Le fil de la réalisation dévoile avec une extrême justesse toute la rigueur, la méthode et le mérite de ces personnes qui rendent justice et s’élèvent au rang de héros, allant jusqu’à mettre à genoux le mal dominant notre ère capitaliste. Une lutte exemplaire qui se joue avec cœur et courage.

    Saturday January 18th, 2020, 08:07 PM
  • hou :

    Un cas archétypique avec tous les acteurs bien connus : monde de la finance, multinationales, fonctionnaires locaux cupides, peuples indigènes méprisés, et …une poignée de lanceurs d’alerte qui risquent leur vie… Que le vrai journalisme d’investigation soit remercié et toujours protégé ! Je ne m’attendais pas à cette fin-là!

    Friday January 17th, 2020, 07:48 PM
  • Chaari Narimane :

    Inlassablement l’histoire se répète l’argent est un cancer généralisé qui détruit notre planète

    Thursday January 16th, 2020, 12:09 PM
  • Aulaine :

    Hello, I have the same question as Pauline Bunce : after confirmation of our mail adress, how can we be sure that our vote is well received ? a confirmation would be nice.
    This is a film of investigation, like a thriller (and it is not fiction at all), far from all the others beginning with “crise of climate with desesperate photos etc…”.
    This film speaks about disparition of a human community, exploited, alone against political power who destroys their place of resident : primary forest. A long long fight, with courage and patience to win against the worst reason of this human and enviromental disasters : the political’s greed whitch is a mondial cancer that destroys in fact our planet.
    The first fight to save our planet is against avidity for monney and avidity for power.
    That is the reason why I vote for this film !!!!
    Enjoy it and join me !)))

    Thursday January 16th, 2020, 12:47 AM
  • Pauline Bunce :

    I voted, but there was no confirmation email.
    Should there be?
    Has my vote been received?

    Wednesday January 15th, 2020, 03:08 PM
  • Véronique Chellit :

    Magnifique ! Même s’il tant reste à faire, quelle preuve de courage et de persévérance dans l’engagement ! Une belle leçon de force, de bon sens et d’amour !

    Tuesday January 14th, 2020, 01:09 AM

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