A Tale of Two Lands

Directed by Katharine Round and Leah Borromeo Editor Greg Pittard |Director of Photography Max Cutting

How palm oil development is dividing a local community in war-scarred Liberia

Bacchus Wilson Panyonnoh, a 35-year-old palm oil worker, and Lee Sworh, a community activist, live in the remote forests of south-east Liberia. Both have been affected by the arrival of Golden Veroleum Liberia to build one of the country’s largest palm oil plantations. This cinematic film gives two differing perspectives on one plot of land, where GVL plans to build a new mill. For Panyonnoh, it offers the chance of a better life but Sworh wants it off the land.

Produced for the Guardian in association with Banyak Films.


Further reading

Liberia's palm oil disputes reveals community divisions caused
by development


Golden Veroleum Liberia is building one of the largest palm oil plantations in the civil-war scarred country, bringing jobs but dividing communities. Clair MacDougall writes for The Guardian



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