The Ba’ker’yaw (Sgaw Karen) people have lived in the mountains of Southeast Asia for generations. But their way of life is under threat, as their traditional forest conservations practices are not recognized by the government.
This film will tell the story of Padi Saju, a village leader from the community of Huay Hee. A long time forest conservation activist, with deep knowledge of traditional upland rotational farming, Padi Saju knows the forests of Mae Hong Son intimately.
Unlike “slash and burn” that leaves a forest devastated, upland rotational farming as practiced by the Karen leave long fallow cycles and careful field selection and burning to regenerate the forest cover. Practiced sustainably for generations, this is a sophisticated indigenous approach to both forest conservation and food production.