Orangutans around the world are vanishing at an unprecedented rate. Every year 5000 orangutans are killed to give place to farm palm oil. If we don't stop it, in few decades they will go to further extinction.
A team of biologists, photographers, filmmakers, activists and scientists set out on a thrilling rainforest adventure to discover why and how to save the rainforest, orangutans and wildlife.
Our film project is called Men of the forest, in the Malay language this means orangutans!!!
We have an ambitious goal, we want to reach the whole world and increase dramatically the awareness about orangutans' crisis.
Men of the Forest presents the orangutan's crisis that is happening now under our eyes.
The film follows a group of local Indonesian people who are dedicating their life to protect Indonesian rainforest.
They founded a local NGO to fight against habitat destruction, bush fires, illegals pet trade, orangutans rescue and much more.
Their goal is to create a sustainable situation between wildlife, habitat and the local communities.
To protect wildlife, they run very effective programmes such as habitat reconstruction and local community education.
The film crew will follow their daily dedication to the cause.
A small group of people who make a difference although they are paying a high price for that: their personal life.
Last year, 2016, Alessandro Nicoletti called his friend and colleague Francesco Menghini with a dream: we need to make a movie to increase awareness to the public about the deforestation in Indonesia.
The current time for the forest is dramatic, they are disappearing in an unpredictable rate, we are almost out of time to help them to resist.
Together with forest, we are losing keystone species like orangutan and many other which never will get back if we don't save them.
This consciousness bring us in a touching trip through Borneo and Sumatra to investigate about the cause of the problem.
During this trip we found a group of dedicated people who risk their own life to save the forest.
We have decided in less than a second that our job is to help them telling their story to the world.
In that moment, Men of the Forest was born.
Francesco already did several inspirational movies, he knows very well how to bring an idea to a screen, and that is exactly what we will do.
After Kickstarter campaign in November, we will travel back to Indonesia to follow our Indonesian friends while they do their daily job to help people, animals and forest.
They need us as much as we need them.
Saving Indonesian forest is something that involves the whole planet, not just Indonesia.
The climate change worldwide is connected with the forest of the entire world, just reducing emission will be not enough to save our life so we must find a global solution to fight the environmental crisis.
The name orangutans means “Person of the forest” in the Malay language.
We have chosen this name for our film because we want to dedicate it at our cousins of the forest.
When there is something in life that you just do not care about, you can easily turn your face off and carry on with your life.
However, sometimes this behaviour is not possible.
This is what happened to me the first time I looked at an orangutans’ eyes in Indonesia while hearing about their real situation.
Just few decades ago, orangutans were distributed widely across Southeast Asia, roaming as far north as southern China, and as far south as the Indonesian island of Java.
Years after years, orangutans saw a continuous decrease in their habitat due to climate change and human activity.
At the beginning of the last century, the only habitat left to orangutans were Sumatra and Borneo islands.
Unfortunately, the disaster was still ahead. Only 50 years ago, Borneo and Sumatra were completely covered by rainforest, leaving a huge habitat to the orangutans.
Now the situation is dramatic due to rapidly conversion of rainforest in palm oil cultivation, mining exploitation, farming and industry.
Out of extant population of 1900, now only 7% of Sumatra's orangutans and 14% of Borneo's orangutans are still alive.
The worst fact is that the destruction is still on a high rate due to the great demand of palm oil from almost everywhere in the world.
This is the reason why we must do the movie, because we want to sensibilize the world about orangutans crisis. They share 97% of our DNA, they are evolute animals who deserve to live in their habitat but they hardly can as we are destroying it.
We want to stop it. Help us to raise awareness, please take action now.
He's a biologist and Italian activist, currently working on environmental journalism, blogging and social media.
Graduated in Master Class of Marine Biology, he spent years travelling and working for different NGOs related to conservation in every single aspect.
In 2017 he decided to found his own association, Keep the Planet, an Italian environmental NGO which fights to raise awareness about conservation around the world.
Alessandro first travelled to Indonesia in 2012 where he visited for the first time an orangutan's rehabilitation center and discovered the orangutan's crisis.
Since then, he travelled a lot to Indonesia to help orangutans in the field.
He took part in several environmental projects to reforest damaged rainforest areas. He also works in ecosystem rehabilitation in different countries such as Zanzibar, Australia or United Kingdom.
He is the one who came up with the idea of "Men of the Forest", a conservation movie with the ambitious aim to reach the entire world and to increase the awareness of the deforestation problem in Indonesia.
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He is a television and cinema director. He has developed his professional skills across a wide range of work.
He has produced documentaries, advertisements, videoclips and backstage interviews.
He has also worked as a camera operator in both, live and recorded programmes, some of which he produced himself.
He managed the start-up of a new television channel in Albania and developed production and editorial guidelines. In addition to working in Italy for the largest television channels (Rai, Rai International, Mediaset, La7) he has worked in Albania, Spain, and Brazil for mainstream channels.
He has always ensured that professionally, he is at the cutting edge, using a wide range of technical skills.
In 2012 he founded Soul Crime Production with whom he produced and directed two award-winning documentaries.
Francesco currently works in Italy and he founded a new project as webmarketer called "Madre in Italy", a platform that connects Italian abroad.
Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to ask him about filming details.
Fabrizio is an award-winning freelance editor and live director with over 20 years of experience in films and television. He has worked in a wide range of fields such as commercials, corporates, music videos, promos, broadcast design, documentaries and features.
He has done several ad campaigns and promos for different brands and tv channels. In addition, he has worked in programmes such as music videos, documentaries and sports events like "Superbike REDBULL".
As a producer-editor, Fabrizio has done many promos and long programmes for Universal, Turner Broadcasting, Cult Network, Sky and other major broadcasters especially with his post production "frogandroll".
By supporting this project you are helping SAVE ORANGUTANS by exposing the greatest scandal that the forest have ever seen. Once people will know what’s really going on out there, everything will change…
Risks and challenges
We already start to film the movie, we need more people involved in the project to get in the next level. More funds means more days in the field, more real help to local people, more land reforested, more orangutans saved from habitat devastation. Rainforest and wildlife need us.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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