Dir. Olivier Pollet & Alexandre Berman | France | 2017 | 52 mins
On the island of Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, a revolution rages. The Bougainville Crisis – a civil war waged by colonial powers to crush the Indigenous resistance and protect interests in the giant mine of Panguna – may be just the tip of the iceberg. From 1998-2001, 20,000 lives were lost. The spirits of the land were violated. And if the Bougainvilleans have come out, against all odds, victorious of the physical war, they now have to face a psychological one.
The referendum on Independence planned for 2020 is inching closer. In the North, the government is attempting to resuscitate the Panguna copper mine. In the Centre, around the mine site, many are attempting to imagine a new future for themselves, inclusive of their traditional cultures and identity. The film tells of the past, the road to emancipation, the feeling of abandonment of the rural areas, and of unresolved issues that may resurface should the Panguna copper mine reopen.
Dr Ruth Soavanna (who features in the film) and Luke Fletcher (Executive Director of Jubilee Australia) will conduct a Q&A after the film.
Amelia Telford, a young Aboriginal and South Sea Islander woman from Bundjalung country is the National Director of Seed Indigenous Youth Climate Network. Amelia is passionate about supporting a national grassroots network of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to protect land, culture and communities from the impacts of climate change and fossil fuel extraction and be a part of creating positive change for young people. Amelia was awarded National NAIDOC Youth of the Year 2014, Bob Brown's Young Environmentalist for the Year 2015 and Australian Geographic Young Conservationist of the Year 2015 for her commitment to building a more just and sustainable future for all young people.