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The Jungle School


Wed Dec 10 2014, 7:15pm

Where: The Projector, Golden Mile Tower, 6001 Beach Road, Kallang, Singapore

Restrictions: All ages

Ticket Information:

  • General Admission: $12.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Director Riri Riza follows the journey of Butet Manurung as she works to establish basic education programs among the Orang Rimba tribe in the late 1990s.

He takes the audience deep into the jungles of Bukit Dua Belas National Park, where the Orang Rimba struggle to hold on to their traditions in the face of large-scale commercial deforestation. After being saved by a local boy from the tribe downstream, Butet is determined to expand her jungle school, but faces opposition from villagers who believe that education will bring disaster upon the community.

Based on the book of the same title, the film is rooted in simplicity and nuanced in storytelling. Riza paints an empathetic portrait of both Butet and the Orang Rimba, and opens a window to a little-known community and their aspiration for betterment.