The Curse of Palm Oil
"The Curse of Palm Oil" is an immersive film that explores the connection between Orang Asli and the rainforest, threatened by deforestation caused by oil palm trees, through the clashing sounds of the rainforest and the machines involved in logging.
Drew Ambrose, Sarah Yeo, Viktorija Mickute
For some, forests are just expansive areas of unused land but for others, it’s home. Orang Asli, indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia, depend on the forest as their source of food, medicine and other materials. However, some of the fastest deforestation rates in the world threaten their livelihood. The Curse of Palm Oil, an immersive film by Contrast VR and 101 East, explores the connection Orang Asli have to the forests that are cut down to make way for oil palm trees, which produce the most used vegetable oil in the world. In this immersive film, the sounds of the rainforest clash with the sounds of the machines involved in deforestation, representing the real-life conflict that unfolds daily between the logging companies and indigenous people of Malaysia.