Environmental Film Festival: Sokola Rimba

(The Jungle School)

Explore the early career of Butet Manurung, award-winning Indonesian anthropologist.

Inspired by the book of the same name, Sokola Rimba (The Jungle School) chronicles Butet Manurung. She brings literacy to indigenous people living in the forests of Indonesia—forests constantly under threat by loggers—and on palm oil plantations.

This documentary by filmmakers Mira Lesmana and Riri Riza reveals Manurung’s efforts to empower the native populations to protect their rainforest by gaining skills to negotiate the modern world at their doorstep.

Directed by Riri Riza (2013, 92 min.).

The film will be introduced by Gouri Mirpuri, co-editor of the book, The Jungle School, and wife of the Ambassador of Singapore, H.E. Ashok Mirpuri. Following the screening, there will be a discussion with filmmaker Riri Riza, Butet Manurung, and Ro King, co-editor of The Jungle School.


Not required. $5 general; $4 members, seniors, and students.


Sokola Rimba (The Jungle School)

Presented in partnership with the Embassy of Indonesia and in conjunction with the Environmental Film Festival in the Nation’s Capital.

National Museum of Women in the Arts