HAZE

The documentary feature HAZE, It’s Complicated… presents the scientific facts behind the issue of peat haze as well as a variety of points of view from local and regional stakeholders.

The burning of the peat forests throughout tropical Southeast Asia creates haze pollution, and this posed significant challenges to human health and the economies of the region during the second decade of the 21st century.

Peatlands in Southeast Asia are distributed throughout several islands,
primarily Sumatra, Borneo and Papua New Guinea.

MIT Professor Charles Harvey presents scientific evidence about
the irreversible damage done to the peatlands.

The intensive farming of oil palm throughout tropical Southeast Asia requires land, and peat forests have been cleared often times with government support to make room for both industrial and small holder farming. The solution to the complex issue of haze pollution will not be a simple one.

Palm oil is a crop capable of very high yields and this fact
makes it an ubiquitous component of regional cuisine.

The Riau Province regional government is pursuing
multiple strategies for peat regeneration.

The peat haze problem has been somewhat mitigated in recent years but in spite of this positive progress a few of the critical issues are yet to be solved.

The eerie beauty of dense haze hides the trees and houses
just over a hundred meters from the camera.

HAZE, It’s Complicated…
A documentary feature by Isaac Kerlow
Produced by the Earth Observatory of Singapore (EOS)
Total running time: 70 minutes, color
Film Completed: January 2018

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Festival and Screening Schedule

HAZE, It’s Complicated… is scheduled to premiere in early 2018.

Partial Production Credits

FEATURING (in order of appearance)

H. ARNEDI, Riau Farmer
ANG BOON BENG, Geneticist, Asian Agri
AZNAN, Palm Oil Freelance Worker
RIDHUAN, Street Vendor
SYAHRIAL, Fire Fighter, Masyarakat Peduli Api
CHARLES HARVEY, Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
ALEXANDER COBB, Researcher, CENSAM, SMART
HARIS GUNAWAN, Deputy Director R&D, Peatland Restoration Agency
M. JAMALUDDIN, Riau Farmer
RUDI SYAF, Activist, WARSI
MIKINORI KUWATA, Researcher, EOS
RUKAIYAH RAFIQ, Director, SETARA
BASTORI, Jambi Farmer
MUHAMMAD NUR, Restored Peatland Owner
RIZAL, Jambi Farmer
PAWITO SARING, Riau Farmer
SUHERMAN, Jambi Farmer
ERIK VELASCO, Researcher, CENSAM, SMART
KUDUNG, Orang Rimba
GUNAWAN, Orang Rimba

Written and Directed by ISAAC KERLOW

Camera: NELSON YEO, LINH DUONG, ISAAC KERLOW, TAN WENKAI
Additional Camera: ALEXANDER HOTZ, COLIN HARVEY
Field Sound: LINH DUONG, NILESH PAREKH
Additional Field Sound: ANTOINETTE JADE, MARK CHEUNG
Lead Illustration Artist: NGUYEN THI NAM PHUONG
Digital Effects: MARK CHEUNG
Peat and Landscape Animation: NGUYEN THI NAM PHUONG, HERBERT CHIA YU QING
Molecule Animation: MARK CHEUNG
Character Animation: JEGANNATH RAMANUJAM
Maps: WANG XIN
Additional Artwork: LEE MING ROU, TONG JUNWEI, ELAINE LIM, ANG XIN, LIU JING, DU YU TING

Music: SERGIO MOURE
Editing: ISAAC KERLOW
Coloring: CHARLIE TUCKER
Final Audio Remix: GABRIEL SERRANO
Dailies: IZZAH ANATI
Rolling Credits: TONG JUNWEI

Stock Footage: DEDI ASRI, DISSOLVE, DURI KALANGI, GOODYEAR RUBBER COMPANY, GOOGLE EARTH, JULIE AUSTIN, NASA, NIGEL DICKINSON, SERGI FERRAN PARERA, VIVERRA FILMS RUSSIA, WETLANDS INTERNATIONAL RUSSIA, WORLD TRAVEL HERITAGE SITES

Additional Data Sources: CENTER OF INTERNATIONAL FORESTRY RESEARCH, ENVIRONMENT RESEARCH LETTERS, GEOLOGICAL SURVEY OF FINLAND, GLOBAL FOREST WATCH, GOOGLE EARTH, GREENPEACE INTERNATIONAL, HOKKAIDO UNIVERSITY, INTERNATIONAL PEAT SOCIETY, UNIVERSITY OF MARYLAND

Additional Scientific Advisors: SRI HAPSARI BUDISULISTIORINI, JANICE SER HUAY LEE, RINI ASTUTI, JUKKA MIETTINEN

Indonesian Translation: ANTOINETTE JADE, SRI HAPSARI BUDISULISTIORINI, RINI ASTUTI
Rimba Dialect Translation: KRISTIAWAN JOHN, ZAHIDA HAMID
Drivers: ALIM, FEBY, JEF, MAZWAR, NOVA

Produced by ISAAC KERLOW
Assistant Producer: ANTOINETTE JADE

With the Collaboration of

ASIAN AGRI, ROYAL GOLDEN EAGLE
ASIAN SCHOOL OF THE ENVIRONMENT, NTU
BADAN RESTORASI GAMBUT REPUBLIK INDONESIA
(INDONESIAN PEATLAND RESTORATION AGENCY)
CENTER FOR ENVIRONMENTAL SENSING AND MODELING, SMART
CENTRE FOR REMOTE IMAGING, SENSING AND PROCESSING, NUS
KEMENTERIAN LINGKUNGAN HIDUP DAN KEHUTANAN REPUBLIK INDONESIA
(INDONESIAN MINISTRY OF THE ENVIRONMENT AND FORESTRY)
KOMUNITAS KONSERVASI INDONESIA WARSI
MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY
MASYARAKAT PEDULI API, MPA
NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
NANYANG POLYTECHNIC
NATIONAL UNIVERSITY OF SINGAPORE
SINGAPORE-MIT ALLIANCE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY
S. RAJARATNAM SCHOOL OF INTERNATIONAL STUDIES, NTU
YAYASAN SETARA JAMBI

This research project was funded by

THE EARTH OBSERVATORY OF SINGAPORE
SINGAPORE NATIONAL RESEARCH FOUNDATION
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
NANYANG TECHNOLOGICAL UNIVERSITY
AXA RESEARCH FUND

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