Among the Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh

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Among the Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh
Directed by Harun Rahman
Lara Ariffin
Produced by Lara Ariffin
Lina Teoh
Sabrina Chen-Louie
Effa Desa
Written by Kathryn Pasternak
Starring Michelle Yeoh
Music by Farul Farid
Cinematography Brad Dillon, Harun Rahman, Wong Chin Hor
Edited by Daniel Sheire
Release dates
  • December 9, 2009 (2009-12-09)
Running time
50 minutes
Country Malaysia
Language English

Among the Great Apes with Michelle Yeoh is a 2009 documentary film made by National Geographic in cooperation with FINAS (National Film Development Corporation Malaysia).[1] The film is notable for showing how the Sepilok Orangutan Rehabilitation Centre (also known as Sepilok Orang Utan Sanctuary) in Sabah is fighting for the survival and well-being of each ape. The film was broadcast internationally and presented at the Eco-Knights Film Festival 2011.[2]


In the documentary, Michelle Yeoh visits her adopted orangutan in her home country Malaysia[3] and studies for three weeks[4] what is done to sustain the long-term population of this endangered species. Guided by Dr Cecilia Boklin, Yeoh takes part in all activities; she is filmed nurturing an orphaned suckling orangutan.[5]


  • Best Natural History or Wildlife Programme or Docu-drama, Asian Television Awards 2010
  • Best Environmental/Tourism Documentary, Malaysian Documentary Awards 2010[6]


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