Films

People Of The Forest

June 22, 2021
6 min

There were once hundreds of thousands of orangutans in Borneo. Today less than 60,000 remain.

‘People of the Forest’ is a short film directed by earthrise co-founders Alice Aedy and Jack Harries celebrating the heroic BOS Foundation conservationists dedicating their lives to save the orangutan from extinction.

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation works with local communities and the Indonesian government to rescue orangutans and combat the threats to their existence such as deforestation, hunting, illegal pet trade, forest fires.⁠⁠

Since 2012 these brave conservationists have released 400 orangutans back into the wild, however, some of them need a little extra support. They are rarely as forest-competent as their wild counterparts who have spent all their lives in the forest. That's why all release candidates are implanted with radio transmitters, so BOS Foundation's team of experts can track their location and monitor them following their return to the wild. 

People of the Forest film posters

The activities of the BOS Foundation are crucial to the survival of the orangutan, without continuing to support their work, we could well see a world without these magnificent creatures.⁠⁠

human and orangutan holding hands and an orangutan in the Bornean

woman in Borneo on a canoe in the rainforest
Since 2012, the BOS Foundation have released 400 orangutans back into the wild. Photography by Alice Aedy.
vet with an orangutan on her back in the rainforest in Borneo
Veterinarian Vivi Dwi Swanti carrying out her work. Photography by Alice Aedy.
man releasing an orangutan from a crate into the rainforest in Borneo
The release of Desi into the wild of Kehje Sewen Forest. Photography by Alice Aedy.
An orangutan in a cage before release into the wild in Borneo
An orangutan just before release. Photography by Alice Aedy.

There were once hundreds of thousands of orangutans in Borneo. Today less than 60,000 remain.

‘People of the Forest’ is a short film directed by earthrise co-founders Alice Aedy and Jack Harries celebrating the heroic BOS Foundation conservationists dedicating their lives to save the orangutan from extinction.

The Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation works with local communities and the Indonesian government to rescue orangutans and combat the threats to their existence such as deforestation, hunting, illegal pet trade, forest fires.⁠⁠

Since 2012 these brave conservationists have released 400 orangutans back into the wild, however, some of them need a little extra support. They are rarely as forest-competent as their wild counterparts who have spent all their lives in the forest. That's why all release candidates are implanted with radio transmitters, so BOS Foundation's team of experts can track their location and monitor them following their return to the wild. 

People of the Forest film posters

The activities of the BOS Foundation are crucial to the survival of the orangutan, without continuing to support their work, we could well see a world without these magnificent creatures.⁠⁠

human and orangutan holding hands and an orangutan in the Bornean

woman in Borneo on a canoe in the rainforest
Since 2012, the BOS Foundation have released 400 orangutans back into the wild. Photography by Alice Aedy.
vet with an orangutan on her back in the rainforest in Borneo
Veterinarian Vivi Dwi Swanti carrying out her work. Photography by Alice Aedy.
man releasing an orangutan from a crate into the rainforest in Borneo
The release of Desi into the wild of Kehje Sewen Forest. Photography by Alice Aedy.
An orangutan in a cage before release into the wild in Borneo
An orangutan just before release. Photography by Alice Aedy.