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25 Papua documentaries ready to compete in Papua Film Festival

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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. (*)

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Papua Printing Company to support young Papuan writers

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Komunitas Sastra Papua (Papuan Literature Community) when launching a discussion on literacy education in Jayapura. – Jubi/Hengky Yeimo

Jayapura, Jubi- Komunitas Sastra Papua (Papuan Literature Community) asked the Papua Provincial Government to reactive the regional company ‘Percetakan Rakyat Papua’ (Papua Regional Printing Company) to response the current demand of publication since many young Papuans are now becoming a writer.

However, the main constraint is in printing,” said the secretary of Komunitas Sastra Papua (Kosapa) Aleks Giyai on Thursday (31/5/2018).

Percetakan Rakyat Papua is considered bringing opportunities for Papuans to get the lower-cost printing. “To print some printed items such as books, magazines, calendars and so on, we have to make an order in Java. Even though the printing cost is quite cheaper, the shipping cost is expensive,” explained Giyai.

Meanwhile, cultural activist Andy Tagihuma thought books play a crucial role in developing a character of a nation. “The gradual progress of literacy development in Papua is a result of the inconsistent book publishing,” said Tagihuma.

He further said Papua should be able to produce and publish books and other writings locally like what has been done by the University of Cenderawasih in the past, which printed most of their writings such as Warta Uncen and other scientific journals independently. “But now they mostly send it to Java for printing,” he said. (*)

Reporter: Hengky Yeimo

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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What is the most attractive thing to see in FDS 2018?

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Illustration of traditional Papuan dance – Jubi / Engel Wally

Sentani, Jubi – Jayapura Regent Mathius Awoitauw stated traditional food produced from sago and cultural performances would be the two most attractive things to see in Lake Sentani Festival (FDS) 2018.

Furthermore, he said location, where the festival takes place, must be set attractively to avoid an impression of a night fair event or a regular traditional market.

Those who will be directly involved in performances at the FDS, such as dancers, must wear cultural costumes. They are not allowed to wear anything else on stage,” he said.

The Second Vice Chairman of Jayapura House of Representatives Kornels Yanuaring said the FDS, which is an annual government agenda, should have a positive impact on the local community.

Visitors should acquire clear information about this event; what would perform in this festival. So, we could see their interest on the event, and it could be an indicator of the income for the local community,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Engel Wally

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Papuan Voices promotes indigenous Papuans in film festival

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Papuan Film Festival II Committee when holding a press conference at Jerat Papua office, Jayapura City. – Jubi / Abeth You

Jayapura, Jubi – Papuan Voices will promote indigenous Papuans through Papua Film Festival II (FFP II) which is running in Jayapura City on 7 – 9 August 2018.

Papuan Voices established in 2011 and now stations in six regions of Papua, namely Biak, Jayapura, Keerom, Wamena, Merauke, Sorong and Raja Ampat.

“The theme of FFP II is indigenous Papuans struggling facing modernization. We chose this theme to response the current situation occurred in Papua,  said Chairman of the Committee of FFP II Harun Rumbarar in Jayapura on Thursday (7/5/2018).

In this festival, Papuan Voices wants to increase public awareness on the critical issues faced by indigenous Papuans.

“Also, it acts as a forum to strengthen filmmakers networking in Papua. Our works further explain the position of indigenous peoples in facing the waves of development and investment,” he said.

Meanwhile, FFP II Secretary Bernard Koten said his organisation recently focus on producing a short documentary film about human and the land of Papua, which assign to all levels of community in Papua, Indonesia and abroad.

“To see Papua through the eyes of Papuans, in the form of a documentary film,” Koten said. (*)

 

Reporter: Abeth You

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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