The name orangutans means “person of the forest” in the Malay language. We have chosen this name for our film because we want to dedicate it to our “cousins” of the forest.
When you cannot be bothered with some life issues, it’s easier to ignore them and go on with your life. Well, let’s be honest, this behaviour is going to make you feel even worse.
That is exactly how I felt the first time I looked into the eyes of an orangutan in Sumatra, while his keeper was explaining to me the dreadful situation that orangutans were facing at that moment. That was 5 years ago.
Just a few decades ago, orangutans were distributed widely across Southeast Asia, as far north as southern China, and as far south as the Indonesian island of Java. However, in a at steadily rate, orangutans have experienced a continuous decrease in their habitat, not only due to climate change but also to human activity.
At the beginning of the last century, the only habitat left for orangutans were the islands of Sumatra and Borneo. Unfortunately, disaster was still to come.
Only 50 years ago, Borneo and Sumatra were completely covered with rainforest, offering a huge habitat to the orangutans. Nowadays, the situation is dramatic because of rapid conversion of rainforest into palm oil cultivation, mining exploitation, intensive farming and heavy duty industry are constantly growing.
Out of the extant population of 1900, now only 7% of Sumatran orangutans and 14% of Bornean orangutans still remain alive.
The fact is that habitat destruction is still going on due to the unprecedented palm oil demand from all over the world.
With the movie, we would like to promote awareness of the orangutans crisis. They share 97% of our DNA, they are evolved animals who deserve to live in the wild, but we are destroying it. We want to stop it!!!!
Help us to raise awareness, take action now!!