Footage

The producers of Leuser: The Last Place on Earth have already filmed over 100 hours of footage, and through our production partners and affiliates, have access to hundreds more. We have also been working closely to establish the trust of the ecological heroes at the center of our story. Significantly, we are the first film crew to drive and document the remote Jalan Blangkerjaren Lesten road cutting through the heart of Leuser, the last large lowland forests, essential habitat for elephants.

Among the scenes already captured are:

*The darting and relocation of three adult orangutans to pristine habitat

*The rescue of a three-year-old juvenile orangutan, held captive with a chain around her neck in a narrow alleyway by a local villager. The young orangutan, named Irmelin, was relocated to the Sumatran Orangutan Conservation Programme (SOCP) on the outskirts of Medan to be rehabilitated by Dr. Ian Singleton and his staff.

*The 24-hour transfer of Irmelin by truck and off road vehicles from SOCP to remote jungle in Jantho, North Sumatra.

*The final release of Irmelin to her new jungle home

*A black market undercover sting operation and arrest following the trafficking of a highly endangered Sumatran tiger’s stuffed carcass

*Very rare ground and aerial footage of a herd of Sumatran elephants

*An illegal excavator destroying native vegetation within the highly protected Tripa Peat swamps

*Local warriors cutting down palm trees with chainsaws and replanting native vegetation

*Drone aerials of various mills in operation

*Drone aerials of the Port of Belawan, where hundreds of thousands of gallons of oil are trucked in each day to be refined into sweet crude, then pumped into waiting ships to deliver the oil around the world

Looking ahead, we intend to:

*Partner with the story’s heroes to document their struggle to protect Leuser, capturing the highs and lows along the way

*Continue to film the illegal destruction and clearing of the protected Leuser Ecosystem

  • Bulldozers illegally clearing new roads
  • Excavators illegally building canals to drain peats swamps
  • Fires used to illegally clear the protected forests
  • Illegal logging

 

*Embed with rangers who spend weeks in dangerous tiger territory

  • Removing hundreds of snares meant to capture rare Sumatran tigers for sale on the black market
  • Confrontations with poachers and community based negotiations
  • Wildlife caught in snares
  • Human/Wildlife conflict

 

*Document the actions of NGOs saving orangutans

  • Rescues
  • Confiscations
  • Several translocations of orangutans from their denuded forest home to safer, protected habitat
  • Quarantine centre
  • Release of orangutan(s)

 

*Investigate wildlife crime

  • Undercover research using button-hole cameras interviewing wildlife traders
  • Tracking illegal wildlife trade through domestic and international ports
  • Embed with domestic and international wildlife enforcers raiding and busting traders’ warehouses

 

*Highlight community

  • Wildlife ‘encroaching’ vs. community ‘encroaching’ on habitat
  • Follow Acehnese warriors, willing to resort to violence (e.g., torching excavation machinery) to save their habitat

 

*Interview government officials and palm industry reps about what can be done to save Leuser

  • Indonesian Minister of Environment and Forestry
  • Palm Oil industry traders representatives who are leading reform efforts
  • Brand representatives who are pushing for policy reform around ‘conflict palm oil’