Borneo eco-warriors feature in new film

A GROUP of young people who spent 100 days in the jungles of Borneo to confront the destruction of rainforests and endangered orangutans are documented in a new film premiering at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall on Saturday.

Rise of the Eco Warriors was directed by Byron Bay filmmaker, Cathy Henkel and features locals Paul Daley from Kyogle and Kodi Twiner from Lismore.

The locals embarked on the adventure to raise awareness about the loss of the Borneo rainforests to the palm oil industry.

Celebrating Our Eco Warriors will be on at 5-9pm on Saturday at Mullumbimby Civic Hall. Tickets ($15/$20) can be bought from Santos Organics, Mullumbimby or at the door.

Their efforts are put to the test when bulldozers move in and threaten the forests and future of a nearby community living in a traditional long-house.

Another new film with local connections, Behind the Mask: Benny Zable will screen on the night, with the classic Give Trees a Chance, the story of the Terania Creek campaign.

Behind the Mask is directed by local filmmaker David Lowe and chronicles legendary eco protester and performance artist Benny Zable.

"The film provides a remarkable portrait of Benny and the iconic characters he plays through his visionary approach to art and activism, and contains archival footage," Mr Lowe said.

The event is a fundraiser for the local Greens. Kodi Twiner and Paul Daley will speak and Byron mayor, Simon Richardson will MC.



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