The Borneo Eco Film Festival’s SUARA Community Filmmaking Programme is about enabling people from all walks of life to tell their stories in their own words and images. SUARA, the Malay word for “voice”, is an innovative year-long programme that aims to train indigenous and local communities how to harness the power of film and sound to tell their stories about their communities and the environments around them.

SUARA was first launched in 2011 in Sandakan, Sabah, where we held a one-day introductory community filmmaking workshop for a group of 15 participants.

This year, thanks to our partners and supporters, we have been able to expand SUARA into a year-long community filmmaking training programme with outreach field workshops conducted at village-level, plus a two-day speaker and workshop series held during the second annual Borneo Eco Film Festival from 28 to 30 September 2012 in Kota Kinabalu.