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The Disappearing Hills by Yeo Kai Wen

The Disappearing Hills Poster

5th November 2016

Reach is pleased to announce that there will be a screening of the award winning documentary ” The Disappearing Hills ” on the 7th of November 2016 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm at  Bertam Valley Chinese Primary School (SJKC Bertam Valley). All are invited.The Disappearing Hills is a documentary  of Cameron Highlands  with emphasis on the aftermath of the Bertam Valley floods and the human stories behind it. It is done by Yeo Kai Wen ,a talented graduate from Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. Yeo spent around 3 months in Cameron Highlands and has given as accurate and  impartial account  as he could. Below is his synopsis…

Stern-faced soldiers wielding M-16 rifles stood guard as excavators mowed down rows of chrysanthemums, leaving behind broken stalks and fallen petals. At a distance, farmers stood by helplessly as they watched years of their hard work destroyed under government orders. In recent years the Cameron Highlands in Malaysia has been pressured by development in that area. While this has created a secure and comfortable lifestyle for many farmers, it has also resulted in large swathes of forests being cleared to make way for farm expansion. As a result, flooding has become an annual affair claiming property and lives while contaminating rivers with human waste, plastics and dangerous levels of pesticides. The ‘Disappearing Hills’ documents the human stories behind these environmental issues.