Green: Death of the Forests
Green is a powerful, true story told from the perspective of a dying orangutan, as she remembers her last days in the rainforest and the destruction that led to her death. It’s a low-budget, home-made film without any narration or dialogue – but it won over 35 international awards.
Orangutans are fascinating, intelligent animals with a strong desire for freedom. For example, an orangutan at the Adelaide Zoo in Australia disabled the electric fence around her enclosure and then piled up debris that she used as a ladder to climb a concrete wall.
At another zoo, an orangutan was found hiding a paperclip under his lip. He was using it nightly to unlock his enclosure and free his family.
But human empathy ends where profit and convenience start. Orangutans are critically endangered and in their struggle against extinction, they face many enemies: international corporations, poachers, loggers, farmers, pet dealers and us. It’s easy to sit back and condemn big corporations, but who funds them? It’s us, consumers.
Indonesia has one of the world’s worst deforestation rates: around 2 million hectares of rainforest are destroyed every year. These are not just important ecosystems, they’re the homes of many endangered animals, including Green, whose death we witnessed in the documentary.
Filmmaker Patrick Rouxel, who used to work as a cameraman for Greenpeace and the WWF, decided to make this documentary not only to raise awareness, but to help us recognize that we are a big part of the problem. In an interview with AlJazeera, he said: „Being a captive animal in Indonesia is pure hell because the notion of animal well-being does not exist there. And every day, through the things we buy, we encourage this destruction and suffering.“
Patrick Rouxel’s movies are the product of dedication, not a desire for profit: “I actually don’t even look for funding. I just go off with my camera, film what I can, try to find a story as I go along and then go home to edit the film on my laptop. Friends help me for the music, the sound design, color grading, mix, etc.”
He is encouraging free downloads and non-commercial screenings of the film. That’s why we’re sharing this: awareness is the first step to taking action. Please avoid palm oil, Indonesian wood and paper.