On Borrowed Time’ Wins Best Conservation Documentary at the Bird and Nature Festival Film Contest 2013 in France | WWF Malaysia

On Borrowed Time’ Wins Best Conservation Documentary at the Bird and Nature Festival Film Contest 2013 in France

Posted on 02 June 2013
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3 June 2013, Petaling Jaya: ‘On Borrowed Time’, a documentary on poaching crisis produced by TRAFFIC Southeast Asia and WWF-Malaysia, has bagged a second major film award, this time in France. In marked contrast, Malaysia’s wildlife is still losing, in spite of the awareness the film has created.

On Borrowed Time’ won the Best Conservation Documentary award at the International Wildlife Film Competition in conjunction with Bird and Nature Festival in France. This is the documentary’s second award since it was honoured with the Best Film title, at the Malaysian Eco Film Fest in 2011.

Meanwhile, the Malayan Tiger, the star of this documentary, continues to fall victim to poachers in alarming numbers. Since 2000, Malaysia has lost an estimated 94 wild tigers, according to the Reduced to Skin and Bones Revisited report by TRAFFIC and WWF Tigers Alive Initiative. A single seizure in Alor Star, Kedah last year represented a loss of at least 22 wild tigers; a casualty rate this country’s tigers cannot afford or may never recover from.

“The State Governments and Federal enforcement agencies desperately need to act now. This is the message we have conveyed through the documentary. We hope the country’s decision-makers are paying attention and will accelerate enforcement action on the ground as new threats continue to emerge in these troubled forests,” said Executive Director/CEO of WWF-Malaysia, Dato’ Dr Dionysius Sharma.

‘We are ecstatic that this film is gaining such major international recognition. However, we would much rather see Malaysia’s decision-makers recognizing and ending the problems. Tigers are vanishing from this country at an alarming rate and little is being done to stop the loss,” said Regional Director of TRAFFIC Southeast Asia, Dr William Schaedla.

The documentary has gained over 15,000 views on various online sites since its launch, raising the profile of poaching crisis in the Belum-Temengor Forest Complex. However, increased awareness has not galvanised the political will so critical to addressing the threats to wildlife in this biodiversity hotspot.

A multiagency taskforce purpose-built to address poaching in the forested areas featured in the documentary lies dormant. Enforcement capacity remains meagre in the area, with little effort by the State authorities to ensure its prize ecotourism product does not end up an empty forest.

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For further information:

Elizabeth John, Senior Communications Officer, TRAFFIC Southeast Asia
T: 03-78803940 Email: jlizzjohn@yahoo.com

Chong Ai Lyn, Communications Officer (Species Conservation), WWF-Malaysia
T: 03-7803 3772 Email: alchong@wwf.panda.org

Note to Editor:
The Bird and Nature Festival (or Festival de l'oiseau et de la nature) was held in Abbeville, Bay of Somme in the North of France. Created in 1991, the Bird and Nature Festival takes place every spring to celebrate birds in this well-preserved area.

The Best Conservation Documentary prize was one of 7 prizes awarded by the Festival. This prize was awarded to the production which deals with wildlife: birds, mammals, marine fauna, fauna and flora more generally.

The award was given to Harun Rahman who is the founder of Novista and is the documentary maker who filmed ‘On Borrowed Time’ for WWF-Malaysia and TRAFFIC.

The documentary is available in three languages and can be viewed at:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Xv6aLd15yM or http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHVMm7-viL4 (English)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vgqlwp5yZz0 (Bahasa Malaysia)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tv60PfLRFa8&list=UUHZ_Wt1RlN07Ax9pG0A5TRA&index=2 (Mandarin)
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