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The Jungle School (2013)

Indonesia | 90 min | DVD | Dir. Riri Riza

As the outside world increasingly encroaches on their tribal lands, impacting both natural environment and cultural traditions, the Orang Rimba struggle to protect their communities. Inspired by the book of the same name, Sokola Rimba, chronicles the early career of Butet Manurung, award-winning Indonesian anthropologist and founder of SOKOLA, a non-profit organization dedicated to providing literacy and advocacy programs for Indigenous and marginalized communities throughout the Indonesian archipelago.

Directed by Riri Riza, the leading film director of post reform Indonesian cinema, known for his ability to push the limit of genre convention and achieve box office success. Riri Riza’s Sokola Rimba provides audiences with the opportunity to journey into the depths of Bukit Dua Belas National Park, experiencing the pressures, trials, and tribulations faced by Butet during the early years of Butet’s career.

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