Indonesia holds the World Record for fastest deforesting country on Earth. In less than 10 years, 72% of its rainforest has been destroyed. Man’s need for wood, minerals and gold from this area has desperate consequences for its ecostructure and, in particular, for the forests’ main inhabitant, the orang-utan.
Narrated by Mel Gibson and filmed in stunning high definition, The Last Trimate follows the incredible work of a formidable woman, Dr. Biruté Mary Galdikas, as she highlights the plight of the elusive “red ape” and offers some hope for their survival as their very habitat is decimated at a startling rate.
In turn, enlightening, devastating, uplifting, and moving – this documentary provides a compelling and heart-rending account of one woman’s fight against a threat posed by her own race.
The Last Trimate is the winner of the Special Jury Award, the Best Newcomer Award, the Merit Award for Editing and the Merit Award for Conservation Message at the 31st International Wildlife Film Festival (Montana), held in April, 2008.