When we started this project five years ago, we didn’t know if we would finish it one day. The challenges were so high and the difficulties were so big. In our previous documentaries, we secretly filmed the North Korean refugees across China, we shared the African migrants daily life in the Tenere desert during their trip to Europe. But, filming the Jarawa people was our biggest challenge ever. Traveling there is almost impossible...
The Jarawas are one of the last of the first humans living on earth. They left Africa to Asia 70,000 years ago. Up to now, they had managed to shelter themselves from the madness of our world. Today, they are no more than 420 people still living in the Andaman islands of India. Because of corruption and racism, they are victims of poachers and tourists. The Indian government is responsible for their safety but they are not protected. It’s forbidden to access the Jarawa’s territory but the local authorities have set up a «safari tour» inside their land. Everyday, hundreds of poachers and tourists enter their forest with the help of the Indian army. We met the Jarawa people to give them a voice.
We are one of the few western people who have met the Jarawa people and the only filmmakers who have spoked to them and recorded their unique testimony. Meeting the Jarawa people, sharing their daily life and experiencing their real freedom was also a life changing experience for me and Claire. We had a glimpse of the original bliss of humankind. We worked hard to share it with you by making our documentary film.
The film open on a beautiful scene. At the beach, the Jarawas have gathered to enjoy the sunset. The air is full of their songs and theirs laughs. That day, Utchu, a little Jarawa boy, made his first steps. As Utchu grows up, we discover the daily life of a few families who live in the heart of the Andaman islands. It’s a never ending day in a pristine paradise, an Eden untouched by our world. But, for how long?
Alexandre Dereims, director.
Claire Beilvert, producer
Director and writer : Alexandre Dereims
Alexandre has been a documentary director for more than ten years. His work has been widelly broadcasted by television networks such as France 5, Canal + and Arte in France, YLE in Finland, TSR in Switzerland, ABC Australia, SVT in Sweden, TVE in Spain, KBC in Korea etc. He was awarded the International Red Cross Committee prize in 2007 and the Albert Londres prize in France and the golden Nymph in Monaco in 2009 for his documentary about North-Korean defectors.
His latest documentary (in post-production) is an unique and exclusive dive into the life of the Jarawas in the Andaman Islands in India.
Producer : Claire Beilvert
Since 2004, Claire Beilvert produced seven long feature documentaries and dozens of reportages, always in the field when shooting, mostly in Asia and Africa. It was always a challenge to give birth to these documentaries, in terms of production and shooting. Claire is also a photographer. She regularly collaborates with Doctors Without Borders, the iIntenational Red Cross and the International Organization for Migration and various paper and online publications.
outreach campaign website : www.organicthejarawa.com
crowdfunding campaign : www.wearehumanitymovie.com