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West Papua Documentary Double Feature With Q&A


Wed 6 Dec 2017, 7:00pm–9:00pm

Where: Brunswick Picture House, 30 Fingal St, Brunswick Heads, Byron Bay Area

Restrictions: All Ages

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  • Adult: $15.00
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Listed by: emmak8r

Both films made by the same British filmmaker, Dominic Brown of Dancing Turtle Films. The first is a short film shot by Dominic as he risked his life to travel into the depths of the West Papua without the knowledge or permission of Indonesian authorities. Including never before seen footage of OPM freedom fighters and interviews with human rights victims of the 54 year Indonesian occupation.

The feature film tells the story of Benny Wenda, a West Papuan tribal leader, whose village was bombed by the Indonesian military when he was a child. Many of his family were killed. He went on to campaign against the brutal occupation and was arrested for leading a peaceful movement for independence. He suffered imprisonment, torture and threats to his life before he escaped and sought exile in the UK. Dominic Brown followed Bennys’ life for 2yrs in order to make this film, which was released in 2015.

Proceeds of the film screening will go to the ULMWP – United Liberation Movement of West Papua. It will directly help their five executives to attend UN General Assemblies in the coming year.

Running time approx 80mins followed by a Q&A with veteran West Papuan freedom fighter and Independence leader in exile, Rex Rumakiek and long term local campaigner, Matthew Jamieson.

Buy tickets on the door or from Brunswick Picture House website. Info and hoodies available on the night, tshirts can be custom ordered.