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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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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital


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Official selection for the South Africa Eco Green Fest 2017. See more »

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A yearning for a simpler life
2 December 2017 | by lisadundas-82191See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting to come out from seeing the film with a sense of being lost....lost because of the way we are losing this world, of what we are doing to our planet, to each other. It is as if human beings have forgotten the connection to earth, to grounding, and how we just are making life so complicated for ourselves. I loved the simplicity of the tribe, with no-one in charge and everyone is equal, a novel idea to us in the west with our cut throat ideas. I have recently held an exhibition called Home/Beit, asking Palestinians where or what Home is to them, one of the responses we had from a Bedouin elder was about a tree, it has roots and if those roots aren't planted in deep enough soil it will never thrive. We just don't have our roots planted deeply enough within nature to thrive fully. One of my comments I said during today's q and a, was that this should be showed everywhere, especially in schools. To me it is a must see. I am left with a sense of yearning for something I can't quite put my finger on, but what I do know is that I have to make changes in my life to have a knock on effect for people I will probably never ever meet, but possibly share some form of DNA with. Like Bruce, I had that connection of 'oneness' in India, it was quite overwhelming and can never be the same after that. Thank you for this film.

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