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“I am a Father and Mother” and “Nagosa” in Papua Film Fest

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Nelson Lokobal and Christian Kogoya while showing his film work at Rumah Bina Wamena-Jubi/Islami

Wamena, Jubi – “I’m a Father and Mother” and “Nagosa” (Mama), two documentary films by Nelson Lokobal and Christian Kogoya, tells  much about native social life of the Baliem Valley.

Prior to its premiere at the Papua Film Festival (FFP) on August 7-9 in Merauke, Nelson (19) and Christina, a high school XII student, revealed a bit of the story behind their work.

“I am a Father and Mother” by Nelson, tells of the struggle of Desiana Sorabut, a 6th grader, along with her two siblings, shall live without their parents.

“So, the story is about Desiana parents who died when her still in grade 2 of elementary school,” said Nelson in Wamena.

In the film, Nelson describes the power of a girl as small as Desiana who was forced to take on the role of a parent in a family. After sitting in 6th grade, she does all the work like other parents in her village to keep her ‘kitchen aflame’ on.

“Wake up in the morning, she must go to the garden to get the vegetables and sell it to the city … During the day after school,s he must return to the garden to plant vegetables and hipere (sweet potato). Keep the garden so that there are always crops … at least there are vegetables with hipere in the kitchen. That’s what she did for herself and siblings,” he said.

Not just taking care of his garden. One of her parents’ treasures is a pig. Pig farm in the yard of the house. Occasionally, he sells boiled peanuts his garden produce, at school.

“The fate of children like Desiana is similar to many people in the city of Wamena … the story was for me interested so I made the film,” Nelson explained.

Another worthy documentary film is “Nagosa.” The high school student XII’s film tells the story of the role of a woman and motherwho works hard to sustain the needs of her family, even to support her husband’s education.

Every day, Nagosa must travel 4 km from her home in the suburb of Wamena to the center of the city.

Christina said, “Every day, I swees the road around the town of Wamena. From the job, she earned a wage from the local government. In addition, he also sells firewood,” she said.

Those two stories are included in a series of Papuan documentaries on the FFP next week.

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Soedarmo: Papuan Coffee promoted in Boston and Paris

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The atmosphere of Papua Coffee Festival – Jubi / Alexander Loen

Jayapura, Jubi – Acting Papua Governor Soedarmo said Provincial Government is going to promote Papuan coffee to Boston and Paris shortly.

He revealed this agenda to reporters when opened the Papua Coffee Festival held in the parking of Bank Indonesia. Banks, local entrepreneurs and coffee farmers participated in this event.

“So, we are not only promoting Papuan coffee domestically but also abroad. Through our partner, we will participate in a coffee exhibition in Boston, whereas in September, I am going to send a team to participate in the exhibition held at the Eiffel Tower,” said Soedarmo on Friday (08/03/2018) in Jayapura.

According to him, the taste of Papuan coffee is not less delicious compared to coffee from other Indonesian regions or even other countries, because he has compared it with others. “I have met with the former Colombian Ambassador; then we compared Papuan coffee with Colombian coffee. But Papuan coffee is still better,” he said.

In the same place, Jayapura Mayor Benhur Tommy Mano claimed the municipal government is ready to support the provincial government in developing local commodities by promoting the local food in every event held by the municipal government.

“Indeed, we are not growing coffee here in Jayapura Municipality, but we are the biggest coffee connoisseurs,” Mano said. (*)

 

Reporter: Alexander Loen

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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Bark craftsmen are ready to welcome PON 2020

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Art Shop owned by Mince Ohee in Sentani District Jayapura. – Jubi / Yance Wenda

Sentani, Jubi – Mince Ohee, 31 years old bark craftsman from Sentani, often sell her products in front of her house where located near to the entrance of Kalkhote pier in East Sentani sub-district of Jayapura District. Approaching the national sports event held in Jayapura in 2020, she admits ready to participate by producing more bark handicrafts.

“In the next National Sports Week (PON), I will participate selling these handicrafts. But I will only sell it at the art shop,” she told Jubi in her art shop on Wednesday (08/01/2010).

Meanwhile, another craftsman Elda Natasya said whether she’s ready or not in the national event, it depends on the supply of bark materials and the market demands.

“Now barks are a bit difficult to get. So, it depends on it. If we have enough materials, we are ready to serve as many as it’d requested.” (*)

 

Reporter: Yance Wenda

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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BMA Supports the Arts and Culture Festival in Nabire

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Kaido or Pikon, one of the traditional musical instruments in Papua that will be present at the Cultural Festival. – Jubi / IST

Nabire, Jubi – Badan Musyawarah Adat (BMA/Customary Board) of Yerisiam Gua and Wate tribes support the Arts and Culture Festival on 6 – 7 August 2018 in Nabire.

The festival is a program of the Ministry of Underdeveloped Village and Transmigration that organised by the National Unity and Political Institution (Kesbangpol).

Daniel Yarawobi, the tribe chief of Yerisiam Gua, said he is very supportive and appreciate the government program that will promote the Papuan culture.

“This is a breakthrough, so we fully support this,” he told Jubi in Nabire on Wednesday (7/25/2018).

Meanwhile, the tribe chief of Wate Alex Raiki also gives his appreciation. “I appreciate this. I hope it would not stop here but will continue to strengthen the culture and prevent it from extinction,” he said. (*)

 

Reporter: Titus Ruban

Editor: Pipit Maizier

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