TASIK CHINI: A Documentary on the Environment in Malaysia

TASIK CHINI: A Documentary on the Environment in Malaysia

Tasik Chini is a dying lake in Malaysia. Once before, it was known for its beautiful lotus flowers and water lilies. But now, the lake is slowly dying from pollution due to many factors like open-pit mining, logging, and vast tracks of rubber plantation whose fertilizers seep into the lake basin. In this lake, too, live the orang asli, or the original people of the land. With no fish to catch, the orang aslis blame another culprit for the lake’s slow demise: the weir, or dam, that chokes the river of its natural water flow which comes in and out of the lake to its surrounding rivers. The film describes the environmental problems plaguing Tasik Chini and how local inhabitants cope with the environmental deterioration. While the orang aslis practice ethno-medicine to heal their bodily ailments, it is a big challenge whether they can ever heal the dying lake.

TASIK CHINI: A Documentary on the Environment in Malaysia

Synopsis

Tasik Chini is a dying lake in Malaysia. Once before, it was known for its beautiful lotus flowers and water lilies. But now, the lake is slowly dying from pollution due to many factors like open-pit mining, logging, and vast tracks of rubber plantation whose fertilizers seep into the lake basin. In this lake, too, live the orang asli, or the original people of the land. With no fish to catch, the orang aslis blame another culprit for the lake’s slow demise: the weir, or dam, that chokes the river of its natural water flow which comes in and out of the lake to its surrounding rivers. The film describes the environmental problems plaguing Tasik Chini and how local inhabitants cope with the environmental deterioration. While the orang aslis practice ethno-medicine to heal their bodily ailments, it is a big challenge whether they can ever heal the dying lake.

Description

DSC_00032012/Digital Documentary/65 mins/English Narration w/subtitles

Sc/D: Nick Deocampo;
EP: Tatsuya Tanami, API Regional Committee;
AP: Yeoh Seng Guan;
PM: Dicky Sofjan;
C: Nick Deocampo, Christopher Tan, TJ Tan;
E: Phyllis Grande;
SE: Nick Deocampo;
N: Neneng Arceo;
M: Jeff Hernandez, Nani Naguit:
CGI: Roy Dadivas

Key Subject Areas:
Climate Change, Disaster Management, Environment, Ethno-Medicine, Forest Management, Indigenous Knowledge, Malaysia, Nature, Orang Asli, Pollution, Spirituality, Water Resources