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Tawai: A Voice from the Forest (2017)

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Explorer Bruce Parry travels the world, living with indigenous peoples, delving deeper then ever on a journey into the heart of our collective human conscience.


Bruce Parry, Mark Ellam (co-director)


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Credited cast:
Bruce Parry Bruce Parry ... Himself
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ingrid Lewis Ingrid Lewis ... Herself
Jerome Lewis Jerome Lewis ... Himself
Iain Mcgilchrist Iain Mcgilchrist ... Himself


Tawai is the word the nomadic hunter gatherers of Borneo use to describe their inner feeling of connection to nature. In this dreamy, philosophical and sociological look at life, explorer Bruce Parry travels the world to learn from people living lives very different to our own. From the jungles of Malaysia to the tributaries of the Amazon, TAWAI is a quest for reconnection, providing a powerful voice from the heart of the forest itself.

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UK | Brazil | India | Malaysia


Malay | Hindi | English

Release Date:

29 September 2017 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Quest See more »

Filming Locations:

Borneo See more »


Box Office


£2,000,000 (estimated)
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Dolby Digital


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Officially selected for the 4th Hebrides International Film Festival, Scotland, 2017 See more »

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Not that it will change anything in the world but it's well done.
12 December 2018 | by deloudelouvainSee all my reviews

Tawai: A Voice From The Forest is a documentary worth watching, just to understand there are still people or tribes living in harmony with nature, far away from civilization or at least what we think it is to be civilized. I thought it was an interesting view on how those people live in the Maleysian forests of Borneo. Forests that are destroyed for our own selfish way of life, for things we don't realy need, or at least for things where there are alternatives for, like palm oil for example. The most interesting part to me were those people in Borneo, as for the religious and spiritual part of those meditating people in India I found that lesser interesting. The documentary won't change anything though, big corporations will continue cutting down every single tree there is if there is a profit to make. Governments are all responsible as well as money is the only thing they are interested in, and certainly not a bunch of indigeous people living from the forest. A well done documentary that make you think about the consequences of the continuous deforestation of our planet. Worth watching if you still dream about a better world.

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