Patrick Rouxel Filmmaker for environmental conservation

Tears of wood

A visual essay on the extraordinary biodiversity of the Indonesian rainforest. This silent film follows the peaceful wondering of a dominant male orangutan, showing the forest from his point of view. It also underlines the link between tropical hardwood and the trees of the rainforest. This is the first film I made when I decided to do my part to help rainforest conservation in 2003. The title of the film is also the name of this website because it seems to capture the essence of all my films.

26 min – 2004 – English version


  • “Delegate’s Choice Award” 
    “Newcomer Finalist”   
    Wildscreen - United Kingdom - 2004
  • “Best Amateur Film”  
    Festival International du Film Animalier - France - 2004
  • “Best Independent”  
    “Best Music Video” 
    “People’s Choice Award” 
    International Wildlife Film Festival - USA - 2004
  • “Grand Prix Nature” 
    Festival International du Film Nature et Environnement – France - 2005

Acknowledgments for the shoot

  • Ashley Leiman  (OFI UK)
  • Birute Galdikas (OFI International)
  • Patrick Anderson (advise and support)
  • Avi Mahaningtyas  (advise and support)

Acknowledgments for the post-production

  • Frédéric Sanchez del Rio (composing of original music and guitar playing)
  • Jean Marc Simonnet  (composing of original music and guitar playing)
  • Yoann Copinet (technical supervision and video management)
  • Olivier Chatron-River (sound design and mix)
  • Adam Wolny (mix)
  • Cendrine Vincent (colour grading)
  • Christophe Bourreau and Macdara Smith (foley)
  • Eric Ferret  (foley recording)
  • Patricia Kreautler (flute)
  • Stéphane Pedon  (harmonica)
  • Igor Achar  (guitar)
  • Julie Poinsignon  (music assistant)
  • Benoit Philippon, Alexandre Kolasinski (graphic design)
  • Christine Renaud and Marie-Claude Cazin (Tawak Pictures)
  • Dominique Poujoly (Les Audis de Joinville)
  • Jacques Bled (Mac Guff Ligne)
  • Duboi Studios
  • François Launet (DVD cover)


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