Green Warriors: Indonesia, The World’s Most Polluted River

The Citarum river in Indonesia is the world’s most polluted river.

A reporter teamed up with international scientists to investigate the causes and consequences of this pollution.

One of the main polluters is the fashion industry: 500 textile factories throw away their wastewater directly into the Citarum river.

Thanks to the help of concerned citizens, the Green Warriors team analyzed water samples, rice and children’s hair and found out many toxic chemicals are endangering the lives of the 14 million Indonesians using the Citarum water.

These findings caused the Indonesian government to change its wastewater regulations. The president also recently announced a new plan to clean up the Citarum.

The fashion brands questioned in this documentary promised to better control their Indonesian suppliers.

Full Series


  • Year: 2018
  • Duration: 52 mins
  • Production: Premières Lignes
  • Director: Martin Boudot
  • Available Versions: ENG, FRA, ESP
  • Country of production: France



  • Award of the Faculty of Tropical AgriSciences (Life Sciences Film Festival 2018, Czech Rep), Prix Coup de Coeur (Festival du Film Vert 2019, Switzerland); Green Image Award (Green Image Film Festival 2019, Japan), Trophée d’or (Festival du Film Scientifique de La Réunion), FIFDH Geneva (Switzerland), Gödöllö International Nature Film Festival (Hungary), NaturVision Film Festival (Germany), Matsalu Nature Film Festival 2018 (Estonia), Conference at Center for International Dialogue and Cooperation 2018 (Germany).

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