Dear Mr. President

In 2005, the Great Apes Film Initiative (GAFI) took Patrick Rouxel’s film “Losing Tomorrow” on road shows throughout SE Asia to create awareness of deforestation, palm oil plantations and support local solutions. One local community was so strongly affected by the content of a GAFI film on deforestation and the economic effect on the local communities, that they requested GAFI’s assistance to create their own film (entitled “Dear Mr. President”) to present their conservation concerns directly to their President.

Languages: Bahasa, English & French
Length: 10 mins

Positive results:

President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono of Indonesia received the film and in response constructed a Conservation Strategy for Forestry and Orang-utans at the Climate Change Conference in Bali.

“Presidents Susilos’ response eventually was to use the beginning of the film at his presentation to the Bali Climate Change Conference where he announced his
governments strategy for the protection of forests and the orang-utans in Indonesia. It went down very well apparently.” –  Madelaine Westwood, Great Apes Film Initiative President


Producer: Professor Vernon Reynolds

Director of GAFI: Madelaine Westwood
2 Westfield Cottages, Westfield, Medmenham, Marlow, Bucks SL7 2HQ
Tel: 01491 575 017
Fax: 01491 579 335
Mobile: 07770 577 549

By Jason Peters

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