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Sunset over Selungo / Save Sarawak, Stop the Dams

Saturday 21 March 2015, 1630 – 1830, Auditorium 3


Sunset Over Selungo:

From a remote village, deep in the rainforest of Borneo, comes an inspiring true story about freedom and belonging. Following Dennis, Unyang and Sia of the Penan tribe, Sunset Over Selungo is an intimate insight into an isolated way of life built upon centuries of jungle survival. Though hunting for breakfast and living without internet are difficult to imagine for most of us, Sia’s daily concerns are just the same as anybody else’s – for his family and his community – and he is determined to protect them.

Music in trailer: Føjst (First) by So I’m An Islander –

Save Sarawak, Stop the Dams:

The indigenous peoples of Sarawak, a Malaysian state on the island of Borneo, have been struggling to defend their culture, forests and lands against a series of mega-dams. They have been confronting the government as well as local and international companies and the international hydropower lobby group “International Hydropower Association” with the consequences of their corruption and profit driven mega-project. Watch the birth and growth of an inspiring movement for justice and the environment in this documentary by Linus Chung.


Film screening to be followed by a roundtable discussion featuring:

  • Lukas Straumann (Bruno Manser Fund)

Lukas Straumann is the executive director of the Bruno Manser Fund, a human rights and environmental organisation based in Basel, Switzerland. He holds a PhD in History from Zurich University and was a research fellow with the Independent Commission of Experts Switzerland-Second World War. His latest book “Money Logging: On the Trail of the Asian Timber Mafia“ (Bergli Books, Basel, 2014) highlights the role of corruption as a driver of tropical deforestation with a focus on the Malaysian state of Sarawak

  • Peter Kallang (SAVE Rivers)

Peter Kallang is the Chairman of the SAVE Rivers network (since 2011). A Kenyah (an indigenous native of Borneo), he has over 30 years’ experience working in the oil and gas industry. He has been involved in the trade union movement for over a decade, for over two decades with the Sarawak Indigenous Peoples Association, and nearly four decades as a leader in various lay apostolate movements in the Catholic Church.

  • Sia Ngedau (Penan Peace Park)

Sia Ngedau is from the Penan village of Long Kerong in Northern Sarawak, Malaysia. He, his wife and his five children live on subsistence farming. Sia Ngedau is a strong supporter of the Penan Peace Park, an initiative by the Penan to preserve their forests and their culture and at the same time to pursue sustainable economic opportunities. In 2012, he presented the Penan Peace Park at the Sarawak State Assembly. The Penan want the Sarawak government to officially recognize the Penan Peace Park.

  • Chair: Awang Hasmadi Awang Mois (International Islamic University Malaysia)

Awang Hasmadi was born in Kuching, Sarawak, in 1952. He has a BA and an MAin Anthropology and Sociology from Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He was awarded a PhD by Cambridge University in 1992. He returned to UKM, where he was on the faculty for more than twenty years, during which he rose from tutor (1977-79) to lecturer (1980-99), and associate professor (1999-2007). He is especially interested in the anthropological study of rituals and how they may be employed as expression, reaffirmation and maintenance of ethnic identity and power. His principal research area is in the southwestern area of Sarawak and adjacent parts of Kalimantan, where he studies the dynamic and symbiotic relationships between Selako and Lara Dayaks, as well as the relationship between both these Dayak groups and the coastal Malay people of Lundu District. He is equally interested in the construction of ethnic identities among the two Dayak groups and in the redefinition of the concept of “Melayu” among the coastal Malays.


Sunset Over Selungo:

Save Sarawak, Stop the Dams:


Sunset Over Selungo:

Duration: 30 min
Director: Ross Harrison
Release date: 2014

Save Sarawak, Stop the Dams:

Duration: 21 min
Director: Linus Chung
Release Date: 2013