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‘The Curse of Palm Oil’

"The Curse of Palm Oil," an immersive film by Contrast VR and 101 East, explores the connection between the Orang Asli, indigenous people of Peninsular Malaysia, and the forests that are cut down to make way for oil palm trees, which produce the most used vegetable oil in the world. In this immersive film, the sounds of the rainforest clash with the sounds of the machines involved in deforestation, representing the real-life conflict that unfolds daily between the logging companies and indigenous people of Malaysia.

The Orang Asli depend on the forest as their source of food, medicine and other materials. However, some of the fastest deforestation rates in the world threaten their livelihood.

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