ORGANIC The Jarawas is a global media campaign that aims to introduce you to the most ancient people in the world, the Jarawa, the last descendants of the first humans.
They live on the Andaman Islands in India. There are no more than 420 of them, and they are in danger.
This website and campaign include a website and a a Crowdfunding Platform, a photo documentary and an online petition to save the Jarawas on www.organicthejarawa.com
A documentary in post-production stage : facebook organic jarawas
WHO ARE THE JARAWA?
The Jarawa are the last descendants of the first modern humans. They left Africa to explore the world 60,000 years ago. There are no more than 420 of them. They live in groups of about 50 individuals. The Jarawa are one of the last Afro-Asian peoples of the Andaman Islands in India. They are pygmies. They lead a hunter–gatherer lifestyle, and lived in complete isolation for tens of thousands of years. They are semi-nomadic. Their diet consists mainly of wild pigs, turtles, crabs and fish that they catch with bows and arrows in coral reefs. They also collect fruits, roots, tubers and honey. Very little is known about the history of the Jarawa. Their hostility to the outside world has preserved them, but almost no one has been able to study their language and culture.
Far from the clichés perpetuated by Indians who believe the Jarawa are cannibals, the most ancient people in the world still carry human values that we have forgotten or are trying to recover. The Jarawa live happy and free, without creeds or fears, without a leader or a hierarchy. They live simply on what nature gives them, without speculating on the future, without regretting the past. They only hunt for what they need. They respect their environment. They live in harmony, without violence or hatred. They live in peace and solidarity. For millennia, they have managed to preserve their love of life. If they disappear, we will lose the memory of the first human beings, the ancestors of all of us.
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About the documentary ORGANIC THE JARAWAS
We met with the Jarawa and gave them a chance to speak. We filmed their life without seeking to transform it, without staging, and respected them as they are. We are only the messengers. We are not their spokespersons, nor their ambassadors.
We shared their lives, learned their names, spoke with them, gathered their testimonies. We wish to enable them to preserve their way of life, their happiness, their freedom. But we know very well that to do this, we must trigger a massive global movement to support them. Of course, we know that our film will enable you to get to know them and, we hope, love them as we do. But this documentary is only one step.
The Jarawa’s destiny lies in your hands. We do not have a method for saving them. Rather, we are appealing to your imagination, your heart, your strength of conviction, your commitment, to come up with ideas to spread awareness of the Jarawa beyond our film, to put pressure on those who can decide the Jarawa’s future, namely the Indian government and the international community, but most importantly all Indians so that they will commit to coming to the defence of the Jarawa and their right to decide their own future.
Alexandre Dereims, Director
Claire Beilvert, Producer