Last week a mini-teaser for the 3D Movie was released. If you already saw it, what did you think? If you haven’t seen it yet or would care to watch it again, I thought I’d share a few “behind the scenes” details with you, using the counter at the bottom of the clip.
First of all, this isn’t meant to be a stand-alone clip. One of the producers of the 3D Movie, Cathy Henkel, was given the opportunity to speak at a TEDTalk last week. She compiled this short teaser to aid in her story about the first 20 days in Borneo. And, although it requires a bit of background knowledge to understand what’s going on, it’s incredibly powerful. Remember my post about culture shock? Well, I was sent this teaser a few days before it was released, and this is what officially broke the flood gates of tears. Seeing the familiar faces of the villages, the sights and sounds of the forest, the orangutans still needing rescue…..yup–it hit me and made me all, ya know, emotional.
But enough chatter about culture shock. Let’s dive in to the clip and some “inside” details!
0:10sec you see a chicken. Said chicken and all his friends were INCREDIBLY confused about the time of day and to say they were “punctual alarm clocks” would be a gross understatement. These suckers would be crowing and cockadoodling their little hearts out at 2:30AM, again at 3:30AM and then when the sun actually came up. Eco-Warrior Anne-Sophie actually went tearing out of the longhouse with a broom one night around 3:00AM to “encourage them to take a walk until sunrise”.
0:11sec the Dayak women of Ensaid Panjang are pounding rice flour. The wooden beams they are holding are unbelievably heavy, and my arms were aching a few minutes after being assigned this job.
0:20sec is the river at Ensaid Panjang, also known as my laundromat for the 10 days we stayed there.
0:30sec is the shot of a field smoldering. This field was recently stolen from a Dayak farmer by the palm oil company. They planted palm oil seedlings there and, in a desperate act, the farmer whose land had been taken set the entire field on fire. It was very moving and a sad sight to see.
0:43sec Oil palm fruits being carted away.
1:10sec The first two orangutans the Eco-Warriors witnessed behind bars. We were taken to their cage on our very first day in Borneo. This scene was shot a few hours after the rush of excitement from us landing in Borneo and meeting each other for the first time! Emotions were raging from one extreme to another, and suddenly we found ourselves witnessing the despair of these two beautiful primates. Earlier, there had been a third orangutan kept here but it died due to the conditions. However, we have secured the official paperwork needed to rescue these two orangutans and they will soon be relocated!
1:30sec The speedboats! Oh how we scrambled into those eleven speedboats with excitement! And OH how sore were our butts after an 8+ hour ride up river on those blasted speedboats! They took us deep into the interior of Borneo, where roads cease to exist and the only way to get there is by river. We were able to visit countless Dayak tribes and listen to their stories; it was on this journey that we began to truly understand the enormity of the deforestation issue.
2:29sec-2:30sec My scalp was extremely itchy on this day. Damp and humid climate + thick locks of hair = the shot seen at 2:29sec! (What? TMI? Sorry, I’m keeping it real!)
3:26sec My “ah-ha” moment was during that meeting prior to this interview. The Dayak leader was begging the fifteen of us to go back to our countries and share what we had seen, share the plight his community and others are going through right now. My tears during this interview were because I was suddenly connected to him, to the problem and to helping them reach a solution. It hit me like a ton of bricks, and it was in an instant that I felt responsibility. I had been privileged enough to be in that room during the leader’s moving speech and he was asking me for help. No turning back now.
More teasers and trailers and clips to come, I’m sure! This is just the first and I was excited to share it with you! Feel free to pass it along to others. The Dayak leader asked us to share it with our home countries, but each of you can play a part in spreading the message farther than he ever imagined.