WATCH: Former Gladstone student returns for movie screening

FORMER Toolooa State High School student Kodi Twiner will be back in Gladstone tomorrow night for the screening of Rise of the Eco-Warrior.

The 23-year-old was one of 12 young people chosen to star in the film. They travel to Borneo to work alongside local villagers, and find solutions to deal with deforestation.

Filming finished in 2012 but Twiner has continued the work the film focused on.

Yesterday she arrived back in Australia from her recent trip to Indonesia which she paid for by working in a restaurant in Byron Bay while studying contemporary music in Lismore.

Kodi Twiner with a young local boy named Gregory.
Kodi Twiner with a young local boy named Gregory.

She said she went back to Borneo in October for the first time since filming finished.

"There has been some amazing progress in the villages," she said.

"That trip inspired me to lead my own tour to Borneo with a group of 13 people to remote villages and we explored sustainable alternatives for them to make their own income."

She also visited a 2 hectare orang-utan forest training inclosure where orphaned orang-utans practices being wild again.

Since featuring in the film she has lived by its message that every individual matters and every actions counts.

She said she had been living a double life.

"I will be going to New Orleans for my music but I will be working in Indonesia for a very long time," she said.

"If anyone wants to go to Borneo they should contact me."

The film will be shown at the Gladstone Cinema on Monday and Tuesday at 6.30pm.

The funds raised from the film will go towards the Standing Strong with Tembak charity.

Twiner will be hosting a question and answer session at the cinemas after the Tuesday showing.



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