Borneo Eco Film Festival Celebrates Borneo’s Bio-cultural Diversity

A brief talk on conserving biodiversity. (U.S. Embassy photo)

The festival, held October 8-9 in Kota Kinabalu, Sabah, is a non-profit program to share knowledge on ecological and cultural issues through workshops, talks and environmental film screenings free to the public. An integral part of the festival is the Suara Community Filmmaking Program that brought together over 40 participants from local communities around Sabah to learn how to harness the power of film to communicate their worldviews, opinions and stories. The festival also curated a series of educational talks and interactive seminars featuring international and local scientists, conservationists, community-based groups, storytellers, musicians, and filmmakers that was presented during the festival weekend. The Embassy gave a small grant to the festival organizers. On the final night of the festival, Cultural Affairs Officer Michael Quinlan introduced an American film ‘Landfill Harmonic’ featuring the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, a children’s musical group from Paraguay that plays instruments made entirely out of trash. About 1,600 people attended the two-day festival at the Suria Sabah shopping mall.