Backyard Rainforests

What does a lepidopterist, an art supporter and goat farmers have in common? While Henry S. Barlow and Angela Hijjas have been growing their own forests, Abdul Razak and Intan Jailani are avid tree seed collectors.

With the common goal of racing to save Malaysia’s native tree species from the brink of extinction, the group is suddenly faced with an unexpected mass flowering of the forests. Seeds by the hundreds of thousands are ripe for the picking, but during a Covid-19 pandemic lockdown, will they be able to save the seeds on time and safeguard a future for these rare trees? Will they be able to reforest Peninsular Malaysia’s Central Forest Spine (CFS) to help combat disappearing forests and mitigate climate change? Not just that, the loss of  the CFS will ultimately mean the local extinction of the Malayan tiger, Asian elephant and most hornbill species.

The documentary film under the Project “Safeguarding the Central Forest Spine: Trees for the Future” premiered online. It was followed by a 104-minute Q&A session moderated by Lau Joon-Nie, Vice President of the Singapore Press Club and featured interviewees from the film and feature article “Nurturing Rainforests” together with the documentary journalist.

Henry S. Barlow, lepidopterist and author;
Simon Hok, Genting Tea Estate manager;
Angela Hijjas, art supporter and environmentalist at Rimbun Dahan;
Abdul Razak Aziz and wife Intan Jailani, creative designers and goat farmers;
Mohamed Shah Redza Hussein, Director of Perak State Parks Corporation for Royal Belum State Park;
Afzaa Aziz, Project Manager of Tropical Rainforest Conservation & Research Centre (TRCRC);
Elango Velautham, Deputy Director, Singapore Botanic Gardens; and
HY Leong, documentary journalist and director-producer of Backyard Rainforests

Watch the trailer here.

Year of Production: 2022
Duration: 23 minutes
Language of Film: English Language, Bahasa Melayu
Subtitle Language: Bahasa Melayu, English Language
Reported by HY Leong/Factual TV

The film was produced with the support of the Rainforest Journalism Fund in partnership with the Pulitzer Center. The screening on Cloud Theatre is supported by Factual TV Sdn Bhd.

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