The CLOUD EXPLODES in a huge inferno.
The plane releases more and more napalm, burning the
jungle for miles.
The CRIES of ANIMALS caught in the fire pierce the night.
Flames shoot up trees a hundred feet high.
PULL BACK to show the whole forest ablaze. A long beat,
then at the very LEFT CORNER OF the FRAME, a MONKEY with
a black and white coat (a Colobos monkey) emerges from
the fire, looks back at its mate, threatened by the
flames. The Colobos jumps up and down, baring its teeth,
SCREAMING. The fire moves relentlessly forward. The
monkeys dart to safety.
MOTABA RIVER VALLEY - NEXT MORNING
A metal syringe burned to a molten shard lies beside a
mortar launcher, twisted and deformed like some bizarre
modern sculpture. PULL BACK to reveal acre after acre,
mile after mile of nothing but ashes and carcasses of
burnt-out trees. Not a single living thing remains.
FADE OUT and ROLL CREDITS.
A wind rippling through treetops.
COMPUTER KEYS POUND: "THE MOTABA RIVER VALLEY, AUGUST
SHOCK CUT TO:
Brilliant streams of orange and purple, the last rays of
the setting sun, dance across the sky and penetrate the
vapor cloud above the rain forest. Unworldly silence.
Giant TREES CRASHING to the ground. TRACTORS ROAR,
CHAINSAWS REV with a penetrating whine. Huge trees
living undisturbed for hundreds of years topple to earth,
their roots ripped from the soil.
REVEAL the army of construction workers clearing a path
for the new road linking Kinshasa with Bangui. White
foremen bellow orders in French at their black workers,
a seven-foot tall Goliath with mischievous eyes.
He PUNCHES on his CHAIN SAW and RIPS into another tree.
A cloud of wood dust envelops him.