TAWAI: A voice from the forest
Explorer Bruce Parry has just completed a documentary, TAWAI, that will be in cinemas from the end of September. Bruce – who filmed a wonderful Head Talk for us that you can see here – is an award-winning documentarian, explorer, author, former Royal Marines commando officer, and is an indigenous rights advocate.
This important new documentary is named after the word that nomadic hunter-gatherers of Borneo use to describe their inner feeling of connection to nature. Bruce travels the world, from the jungles of Malaysia to the tributaries of the Amazon, to learn from people living very different lives to our own. You can watch the trailer here.
In Bruce’s own words: TAWAI – A voice from the forest is a feature documentary made for the cinema and my first attempt at producing and directing (with a lot of help from a wonderful team). The film is a poetic, thought-provoking investigation into what might have changed within the human psyche since we stopped being nomadic hunter-gatherers and began to turn to agriculture. An event which you could say happened relatively recently.
“I believe that the investigation of the film offers some revealing insights into how the way we think and feel might influence the way we structure our societies today – and how we might use this information to help create more balanced ways of relating to each other and the natural world.”
The film will be released in select cinemas across the UK on the 29th September, with previews from the 22nd September and you can see the list here. You can also follow Bruce on Twitter, and the film on Twitter and Instagram.