This year's ‘Filmmaker Award’ at the Zurich Film Festival has been given to the team behind 'Paradise War' about Swiss environmentalist and campaigner Bruno Manser.
The prize of CHF100,000 ($103,000) was awarded by the Association for the Promotion of Film in Switzerland. The film, directed by Niklaus Hilber and produced by Valentin Greutert, charts Manser’s campaign against forest destruction and political oppression of indigenous people in Sarawak, Malaysia.
Manser lived with the Penan tribe in Sarawak between 1984 and 1990, organising blockades against timber companies. He disappeared during his last visit to the country in 2000 and was officially declared dead by the Swiss authorities five years later.
In 1991, he set up the Swiss NGO Bruno Manser Fundexternal link, which to this day campaigns against rainforest destruction around the world.
The award – the third year it has been presented - was handed out at the IWC Gala Evening at the 13th Zurich Film Festivalexternal link on Saturday.