Sokola Rimba (2013)
The Jungle School
Sokola Rimba is a film adaptation of Butet Manurung’s autobiographical account of working with the Orang Rimba people to provide education and build literacy. In Sokola Rimba, Butet (Prisia Nasution) is a teacher in the employ of a conservation foundation and has the role of educating young people in the jungle community located in the upstream conservation area. After being rescued by a boy from a remote downstream community, Butet is determined to extend the reach of her school to give the jungle people the knowledge necessary for navigating the complex landscape of present-day Indonesia. In the process, she learns more about the traditional skills and way of life of the Orang Riba people as well as the sustainable practices established through their profound and respectful connection with their environment.