Documentary Screening of The Panguna Syndrome at FreedomFilmFest 2018


TIME: 2PM – 3.30PM

Film Synopsis: On the island of Bougainville, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea, the revolt continues. The Bougainville Crisis, a war waged by colonial powers to crush the indigenous resistance and protect their interests in the giant mine of Panguna may only be the tip of the iceberg. 20,000 lives were lost. The spirits of the land have been 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 between 2015 and 2020, is inching closer. Whose future will be written and whose voices will count? In the North, the government is attempting the resuscitate Panguna. In the Centre, around the mine site, many are attempting to imagine an alternative reality, a new articulation of modernity inclusive of their traditional cultures and identity. They are leading a battle to break free mentally and physically from oppressive structures they have been subjected to for over two hundred years. After the physical fight comes the time of the spiritual one, calling for the (re)conquest of the idea of the self.

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We are excited to be joined at FFF2018 by one of the filmmakers behind ‘The Panguna Syndrome’, Olivier Pollet. Olivier is a young French journalist and independent documentary filmmaker, passionate about human rights, the environment and development issues. His work specialises in human rights, the environment and corporate accountability, particularly in the Asia-Pacific region and Papua New Guinea.

Related FFF Event – Workshop: Going beyond a one-off documentary by using new multimedia tools by Olivier Pollet
Date: 4 October 2018 Time: 4.30PM – 6.30PM Location: The School, Jaya One
Olivier will present his upcoming multi-media platform project on the history and legacy of colonialism on the Island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea It is being produced as a complement to the documentary The Panguna Syndrome, screened at the Freedom Film Festival, as well as an upcoming feature version. He will share his insights into all stages of production: from research to designing an open-ended approach of filmmaking for indigenous communities, to post-production and dissemination.
This workshop is in collaboration with Malaysian Documentary Association (MYDOCS) and supported by the French Embassy in Malaysia and Alliance Francais de Kuala Lumpur.

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