BE' JAM BE et cela n'aura pas de fin. (France,Switzerland)

BE'JAM BE the never ending song

BE' JAM BE et cela n'aura pas de fin.

  • Caroline Parietti, Cyprien Ponson


“The Mutan tree, well we say tree, but originally it’s a liana that uses the tree to climb. And its grasp ends up killing the tree. That’s what is going to happen between us and the companies.” In Sarawak, one of the two Malaysian states on the island of Borneo, the Penan — who not that long ago were still nomads — are the first to be affected by deforestation. Peng and Tepeket, hunter-storytellers, and Jalung, a guide, map out the route through the lavish jungle and the mystique of the indigenous people. This mystique is re-elaborated and updated considering the real combat being led against the programmed destruction of a landscape that gives their existence meaning — serving as a metaphor in which the foreign element is included to create a dialectic. As Caroline Parietti and Cyprien Ponson advance alongside those they are filming, traces of the land-clearing machines appear and their companions prepare for the confrontation. A documentary thriller, BE’JAM BE the never ending song is testament to a modern forest guerrilla, whose men armed with bows, blowpipes and spears face bulldozers.

Emmanuel Chicon

Section: Regard Neuf
Length: 87'
Country: France, Switzerland
Year: 2017
Language(s): Penan
Premiere status at VdR: World Premiere
VdR edition: 2017
VdR award(s): Prix Buyens-Chagoll Œuvre à dimension humaniste qui met en lumière des récits développant des valeurs qui donnent sens à l’avenir des hommes 2017
Caroline Parietti (Association Les Obliques)
Cyprien Ponson (Association Les Obliques)
Sales Contact
Caroline Parietti
Association Les Obliques
Tel. +3368784365


Language(s): Penan
Subtitles: English, French
  • Fr 21 April
  • 16:30
Salle Communale

Followed by a discussion

  • Sa 22 April
  • 12:00