Indigenous identity in Africa
Joseph Ole Simel, Executive director, Mainyoito Pastoralist Integrated Development Organization
There are only 320 Mlabri people left on this planet. One generation ago, they came out of the jungle in Northern Thailand. The Mlabri used to be hunters and gatherers. For the moment they scrape out a meagre existence at the bottom of society working as day-labourers. They have so far managed to keep their identity and unique language alive, but now more than ever the outside society is closing in on them. The first youngsters are getting ready to enter mainstream Thai society. Right now all MLABRI face the crucial questions: How does one adapt to a world full of Outsiders? How does one integrate without disappearing?
The film is relevant for the discussion on what it means to identify as a people - and what challenges the small indigenous peoples of the world are facing.
Produced by: Final Cut Productions
Directors: Janus Billeskov Jansen and Signe Byrge Soerensen
Duration: 59 minutes
Year of production: 2006