Handcrafted Films

If Not Us Then Who – Quilombola their history

The Atlantic slave trade saw 10 million Africans taken to be sold across the Americas, 40% of which arrived in Brazil, mostly destined to work in gold mines and on sugar plantations in brutal conditions.

UK Green Business of the Year Award

Recent collaborators with Handcrafted Films Uptown Biodiesel scooped last nights UK Green Business of the Year award at the Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane.

Project Green: Grease Lighting No.2

We are led through a procession of passageways, slowly working our way down into the basement levels. The passageways are all lit with different coloured bulbs; orange, red, green, purple. The effect is not dissimilar to a submarine control room or an underground bunker. This however is no military craft or installation, far from it, […]

Project Green: House Clearer – Introducing George

Last week I walked to see Peter, our main character, on two separate occasions and with every step my heart sank deeper. I arrived at his shop on Tuesday to remind him of the conversation we had about our short documentary. I was full of smiles but I could tell in his demeanor that he […]

Project Green: Grease Lighting

We have just returned from an interesting recce to Uptown Oils in South London near the historic regions of Borough and Southwark, the world of Shakespeare, the foggy swirling Thames (although it has shimmered almost invitingly in the heat wave of the past few days) and the famous wholesale fruit and vegetable market. Uptown Oils […]

LFP: A future for people and forests

  Nepal is deservedly famous for its spectacular Himalayas, Mount Everest and being the recruiting ground and home of the British Ghurkhas. However, these romantic images of hardy mountain peoples living in pristine environments contrast starkly with the reality of the after-effects of 10 years of civil conflict. Many thousands of people are internally displaced […]

The Knasaimos People

The Knasaimos people live surrounded by lush tropical forests. For the most part their lives have remained unaffected by the rest of the world. They live in harmony amongst the impenetrable greenery. Their survival and way of life is determined only by the continued welfare of their ancestral forest.

The story of Bukit Lawang

For two days it had rained heavily. Few of the locals along the Bahorok river in northern Sumatra showed much concern. Indonesia’s riverside communities have grown familiar with flooding during the rainy season. This time, however, things would be different. On the night of 2nd November 2003 a massive flash flood swept through and devastated settlements along the banks of the Bahorok. The epi-centre of the tragedy was a small village, the tourist resort of Bukit Lawang.

KHJL Sulawesi

In a crowded office shaded from the stifling midday sun the local heads of community organisations sit around a long table. There is very little space, they sit pressed shoulder to shoulder or stand along the walls, while others peer in from the doorway. Despite the humidity, the room is a bubble of chatter and laughter. There is a palpable sense of confidence amongst these men and women, a feeling of communal strength and unity. One of the group bangs his fist on the table and exclaims ‘Tabang satu tanam sepuluh (for every tree cut down, we plant ten)!’ There is a chorus of approval from those around him.

The Dayak Meratus

Borneo contains one of the most bio-diverse rainforests on the planet. In a single 10-hectare area over 750 different species of trees can be found. The island has in total over 3,000 types of native tree (the UK has only 33), 13 species of primates including the endangered Orangutan, 222 mammals, 420 birds, 100 amphibians, 394 fish and 15,000 plant species. Scientists readily agree that these figures are at best a rough approximation. Since 1996 a further 361 species have been discovered. This unique habitat could well disappear within the next decade.