OUR FORGOTTEN SOULS
THE FILM'S TRAILER
WHY WE MADE THE FILM
For four years, we have had the extraordinary opportunity to meet, with their full and complete cooperation, the Jarawas, an African-Asian people who live on the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal. Together with the Angels and Sentinels, the Jarawas are the oldest people on Earth and also the very first society of modern humans, the Homo Sapiens, as it was more than 100,000 years ago. As a result, they are the common ancestors of all humanity to this day.
We went to meet the Jarawas to give them a voice when they are threatened by the Indian government's policy of forced assimilation and victims of a photo safari organized by the local authorities of the Andaman Islands. Indeed, twice a day, the Indian army escorts dozens of tourists who come to take pictures of the Jarawas along a road that crosses their territory. The Jarawas are forced by local police and government forest guards to stand along this shameful road. A real human zoo, an abomination.
Before we met them, the Jarawas had never had the opportunity to express their fears, nor to be able to tell the world what they wanted for their future. They clearly rejected the idea of integrating into our world and denounced the abuses committed by the Indians with the complicity of the country's highest authorities: poaching, kidnapping, rape...
We made a documentary, "Our Forgotten Souls" and Mr. Donald Sutherland had the incredible generosity to kindly put his voice on this magnificent film. We hope to release the film soon in the United States and around the world.
The Jarawas also gave us a wonderful gift, the principles of life of the first human society, the one that allowed human beings to organize themselves at the origin of Humanity. In a failed world where the future of our children on our beautiful planet seems more than ever compromised, it seemed to me necessary and vital to share this knowledge with as many people as possible.
The Jarawas are the living memory of what we were, the origin of modern humanity. Since we are all Homo Sapiens and despite our absurd and inhuman ways of life, we have all kept a part of the Jarawa soul deep within us. We aspire to the same things, to live happily, in peace and prosperity.
But unlike us, the Jarawas live in a non-hierarchical society based on equality, individual freedom, autonomy, sharing, dialogue and transparency. As a result, they are responsible for their actions, they are able to find consensus in the decisions taken together, they trust each other, they are creative and resilient and they share a common project that unites them, the prosperity of their clan. They know the meaning of life and the reason for our presence on Earth. Their knowledge is priceless and indispensable to help us change our behaviour, the only way to stop the collapse that threatens us.
We have also launched an online petition to pressure the Indian government to close the road where photo safaris take place, as ordered by the Indian Supreme Court in 2013. To date, the petition has gathered more than 270,000 signatures worldwide. We have also created a non-profit association, the Foundation for the Jarawas, in France and very soon in the United States. The purpose of this foundation is to raise awareness of the Jarawa's cause and to spread their message of self-determination widely. There is an emergency, the Jarawas are only 400 people left.
Cinematographer/DP, Director, Editor, Executive Producer, Writer
Cinematographer/DP, Digital Effects
Romain Colonna d'istria
Sound Editor, Sound Mixer
Premiere Nouvelle 2019