TAWAI A VOICE FROM THE FOREST
“Carrying all they own on their backs, the Penan People of Borneo are one of the last remaining hunter-gatherer peoples in existence that still live a nomadic life – a way of being that predates the dawn of agriculture and the domestication of plants and animals for food.
Their word Tawai expresses a feeling for the land that is their home, yet has no equivalent in the dominant languages of today.
Might Tawai be an expression of something that we no longer feel?
This poetic film follows Bruce Parry (of BBC’s Tribe, Amazon and Arctic), on his journey of exploration, from the forests of Borneo to the Indian subcontinent, from deep in the Amazon to the Isle of Skye, investigating what has happened to humankind since we stopped roaming and began to settle, since we stopped flowing with nature and began to shape it to our own needs.
‘TAWAI – A voice from the forest’ investigates what has happened to our societies, and our relationships with each other and the world around us. A quest for reconnection, this film provides a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself.”
There’s also a film poster:
I can understand the grown-ups who want to keep their way of life, but I think the children should attend a modern school so they may have a real choice later on…
Theaters Featuring TAWAI – A Voice From The Forest followed by Q&A’s with Bruce Parry
9/14 – Yerba Buena Center For The Arts, San Francisco, CA
9/15 – Elmwood Rialto, Berkeley, CA
9/16 – Sebastopol Theatre, Sebastopol, CA
9/17 – The Miniplex, Arcata, CA
9/18 – Bijou, Eugene, OR
9/19 – Living Room Theater, Portland, OR
9/21 – Pickford Film Center, Bellingham, WA
9/23 – Laemmle’s Ahrya Fine Arts Theatre, Beverly Hills, CA
9/24 – Laemmle’s Monica Film Center, Santa Monica, CA