A ragtag group of young people from all over the globe, converge at Borneo to save its rainforests and endangered orangutans. The film charts their journey from wide-eyed idealists, sprouting clichéd lines like “You have to stand up for what you believe in” to organised activists, engaging with communities to inspire individual responsibility and collective action.
There are many inspirational moments in Rise of the Eco Warriors thanks to the lush cinematography of the Borneo rainforests and tender interactions with the orangutans. It creates a sense of hope, which is not always present in environmental documentaries.
Unfortunately, the show-don’t-tell approach to filming undermines this, producing lots of slow moments in-between. As a result, the film never fully realises its potential. (MP)
Mar 11, Palace Norton St, 99 Norton St, Leichhardt, $8-20, palacecinemas.com.au; Mar 26, Event Cinema Liverpool, Westfield Centre, Liverpool, $12-18, thebigpicture.org.au