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BE' JAM BE THE NEVER ENDING SONG

by Caroline Parietti, Cyprien Ponson

synopsis

“The Mutan tree, well we say tree, but originally it’s a liana that uses the tree to climb. And its grasp ends up killing the tree. That’s what is going to happen between us and the companies.” In Sarawak, one of the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, the Penan — who not that long ago were still nomads — are the first to be affected by deforestation. Peng and Tepeket, hunter-storytellers, and Jalung, a guide, map out the route through the lavish jungle and the mystique of the indigenous people. This mystique is re-elaborated and updated considering the real combat being led against the programmed destruction of a landscape that gives their existence meaning — serving as a metaphor in which the foreign element is included to create a dialectic. As Caroline Parietti and Cyprien Ponson advance alongside those they are filming, traces of the land-clearing machines appear and their companions prepare for the confrontation. A documentary thriller, BE’JAM BE the never ending song is testament to a modern forest guerrilla, whose men armed with bows, blowpipes and spears face bulldozers.

international title: BE' JAM BE the never ending song
original title: BE' JAM BE et cela n'aura pas de fin
country: France, Switzerland
year: 2017
genre: documentary
directed by: Caroline Parietti, Cyprien Ponson
film run: 87'
screenplay: Caroline Parietti, Cyprien Ponson
producer: Caroline Parietti, Cyprien Ponson
production: DAWAI DAWAI, Les Obliques, 4ème Étage
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