Friday, December 20, 2013

BMF releases documentary on the struggle against Sarawak’s mega-dams

Ladies and Gentlemen, Dear friends,

To the end of this successful campaigning year, the Bruno Manser Fund is releasing the documentary “Save Sarawak.Stop the Dams”. The film is a witness to the struggle against a series of mega-dams currently being implemented by the Sarawak government on indigenous lands.

Filmmaker Linus Chung followed the activities of SAVE Rivers, the local network of communities who oppose the dams, with his camera. With several interviews, he gives a voice to the people affected by the dams. The film also shows the powerful activities that SAVE Rivers have undertaken at the congress of the International Hydropower Association (IHA), an industry body promoting hydropower, in May this year in Kuching. The indigenous peoples were not scared to confront the representatives of the IHA. The film shows the strength of the growing opposition to the dams in Sarawak.

Inspiring blockades against the Murum and Baram dams starting from September or October, respectively, followed these protests and are still challenging the government’s plans to build these dams.

With this film, we also want to wish you a Merry Christmas, a happy holiday season and all the best for the New Year. Our thoughts are with the people who are still manning blockades to defend their culture and forests.

Your BMF team

Watch the documentary "Save Sarawak.Stop the Dams":

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