Stern-faced soldiers wielding M-16 rifles stood guard as excavators mowed down rows of chrysanthemums, leaving behind broken stalks and fallen petals. At a distance, farmers stood by helplessly as they watched years of their hard work destroyed under government orders.
The Cameron Highlands has in recent years been under development pressure. While this has created a secure and comfortable lifestyle for many farmers, it has also resulted in large swathes of forests being cleared to make way for farm expansion.
As a result, flooding has become an annual affair, claiming property and lives while contaminating rivers with human waste, plastics and dangerous levels of pesticides.
The Disappearing Hills documents the human stories behind these environmental issues.
Directors: Yeo Kai Wen
Student project: Yes
Completion date: 2015-06-01
Shooting format: Digital
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Film color: Color
First-time filmmaker: Yes