Jayapura, Jubi – The first Papua Film Festival (FFP) held by Papuan Voices, a Papua filmmaker community, captured 25 documentaries from Papua ready to compete in the competition.
“There are 27 documentary came from various regions in Papua such as Jayapura City, Jayapura Regency, Merauke, Keerom, Biak, Wamena, Sorong, Raja Ampat, Nabire and Mimika, but only 25 qualified to enter the judging stage,” Said Max Binur, Coordinator of Papuan Voices in Monday (July 24).
According to the organizing committee, the stories presented are quite diverse from themes of health, education, economy, politics and security, women, culture, nature, even history.
Here are the titles of films that pass the competition selection based by city.
From Jayapura City represented by Salon Papua; SaPu Cerita (My Story); Untuk Novalinda dan Andrias (For Novalinda and Andrias); Tete Manam (Granpa Manam); and Anak Papua Belajar (Papuan Children Learning).
From Jayapura Regency represented by two films, Danauku Hidupku, Budayaku Hidupku (My lake, my life, my culture my life) and Sang Pendamping (The Companion).
Raja Ampat Regency is represented by Hidup di Hutan Mobak (Life in Mobak Forest) and SASI Konservasi Raja Ampat (SASI, Raja Ampat Conservation).
From the Regency of Mimika represented by two films: Kerasnya Hidup di Surga Kecil (Hard Life in Small Heaven) and Mama Amamapare.
Nabire is represented by one film, Pencurian Sumber Daya Alam dan pelanggaran HAM Papua (Theft of Natural Resources and Human Rights Violations in Papua (Focus of Palm Oil)). Also one film from Keerom Regency Truk Monce (Monce Truck).
Merauke represented by Sota-Etalase NKRI Ujung Timur (Sota, Indonesian showcase in eastern side) ; Selamatkan Wati (Save Wati) and Biarkan Siri Pinang tetan di tanah (Keep Siri-Pinang on the Ground).
From Sorong represented bt Kokoda; Biak through Numfor Island movie and Perjuangan Tanpa Batas (Unlimited Struggle); and Korowai represented by Sekolah Tepi Sungai (School of the Rivers).
Wamena is represented by Maximum Impact; Aku adalah Bapa dan Mama (I am the Father and Mother); Melawan Stigma (Against Stigm)a; Sa butuh kop u cinta (I need your love); and Nagosa (Mother).
The announcement of the ten best films will be conducted on July 30, 2017 after passing the selection by 4 judges: Alia Damaihati, Maria Kaize, Wens Fatubun and Yerri Borang.
The announcement of three best films will be made at the opening of FFP August 7. The winners will be announced at the closing of FFP on 9 August.
The festival will be held at Vertente Sai, Merauke archdiocese complex, Jalan Raya Mandala Kota Merauke 7-9 August 2017.
“The three-day festival will show not only the films in competition but also documentaries of Papuan Voices 1 and 2 produced in 2011-2013, as well as inspirational films from PNG, the Netherlands, UK, Jakarta, Bali, Yogyakarta, Makasar and East Nusa Tenggara. So do not miss for those of you in or around Merauke, ” said Elisabet Asrida, coordinator of FFP event program.
The Papua Film Festival aims to introduce Papua through documentary films to the wider community both in Papua, National and International, in the hope of emerging new perspectives that place Papua as a subject in viewing and determining its own future, as well as contributing to ending injustice in the land of Papua.
The theme taken in the 2017 Papua Film Festival is Bomi Zai Anim-Ha: Common Home of True-Human who nurtures the identity and collective memory of Indigenous Papuans. (*)