Learn about an adventurous teacher who wants to change the lives of villagers living in the rain forest of Sumatra, but in the process questions nearly everything she previously thought was true. This film follows the journey of Time magazine’s “Hero of the Year,” Butet Manurung, from anthropologist to educator to activist as she works with isolated tribes in Indonesia to bring literacy and help save their rainforests. Over the years, the indigenous Orang Rimba people of Jambi have isolated themselves in order to avoid conflict with businesses trying to cut away the rain forest the Rimba call home. Surrounded more closely on all sides, they move deeper into the forest. Directed by Riri Riza. Produced by Mira Lesmana.

Jungle School, The

2014 US 90 min
Festival Year: 2014
Types: Documentary
Topic: Global Perspectives