By: Teguh Iman Affandi
Kaoem Telapak organized a movie screening and photo exhibition at Tugu Kunstkring Paleis Jakarta, to raise awareness among the public about the pivotal role of forests.
The photo exhibition will run for one month, September 2nd – 30th, 2022. Five photo panels show moments of Kaoem and the Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) tackling the issues. Illegal logging was practised in Tanjung Puting National Park, South Kalimantan, in 1997. Forest conversion into oil palm estate in West Papua and Central Kalimantan. Track record of Kaoem Telapak and EIA in advocating for policy and providing capacity building for indigenous peoples and local communities to become independent forest monitors with proper documentation techniques.
Indonesia – Fighting for the Remaining Forests was the movie that played in the activity. The movie will play for two days, on Friday and Saturday, September 2 – 3, 2022. Indonesia – Fighting for the Remaining Forests is a documentary film produced by Kaoem Telapak and the EIA in 2021. The film documented chronologically how Kaoem Telapak and EIA work together against illegal logging.
The film also features other stories from various reports released by EIA and Kaoem Telapak. Starting with the Final Cut report which tells about the beginning of the uncovering of illegal logging practices in Indonesia, to the Up For Grab report which shows how indigenous peoples in West Papua were persuaded to hand over their ancestral land rights to companies to convert the forest into oil palm estates.
On the first day of the movie screening, a representative from the Ministry of Forestry and Environment (KLHK), Krisdianto, S.Hut, MSc, PhD, gave a speech. “I would like to express my appreciation to Kaoem Telapak and EIA, who are actively monitoring, mentoring, and encouraging good, fair and sustainable forest governance,” said Krisdianto.
For two days, the movie has been watched by 150 people from various backgrounds. “This film is cool… It raises awareness for me,” said Farum Fidah, an audience from Jakarta.
Kasya, an audience from Bandung, expressed his concern. “Seeing from the film, the forests are being cut down, I am worried about the sustainability of forests in Indonesia,” said Kasya.