A documentary film on artisanal coal mining in Muara Enim, South Sumatera, Indonesia.
The plight of two communities in Indonesia and Vietnam are connected to the political and economic calculations of a player thousands of kilometers away: South Korea.
Indonesia’s commitment at the COP26 will not reduce GHG emissions, but instead will commodify nature with a net-zero emission scheme in the form of carbon trading.
In Muara Enim, Indonesia, not only is coal mining not going away, it’s the only livelihood many people know. Meanwhile, a state-backed coal company hardly tolerates locals’ artisanal mines.
Residents in Indonesia’s Suralaya are dealing with respiratory ailments and declining fish catches. They blame the South Korea supported power plants. Despite protests, the Jokowi government plans to expand coal-fired power projects.