Baka: A Cry from the Rainforest
A quarter century after his award-winning documentary Baka: People Of The Rainforest, Phil Agland revisits the same Baka family in the Cameroon. For the first time they watch the film he made of them, delighted in seeing lost ones brought back to life. They’re also astonished to have a glimpse into how they used to live. For in the span of a single generation, Agland discovers that the Baka people’s lifestyles have dramatically changed. The rainforest, once so abundant with game, is now depleted by hunters and timber companies, and the Baka are losing their hunting skills. They’re also being decimated by a homegrown alcohol that is highly addictive and wiping out the menfolk. With the women now becoming addicted, it is even taking its toll on young, and unborn children. Inspired by the film, the Baka men embark on a journey into the forest to reconnect with the old way of life of their fathers.
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