• Year: 2017
  • Duration: 52 minutes
  • Country: France
  • Language: English
  • Subtitle: English and Malay

Film Director(s)

Olivier Pollet, Alexandre Berman (France)

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.

Olivier Pollet’s presence at the festival is supported by embassy of France in Malaysia and Alliance Fran├žaise de Kuala Lumpur.


Note - Olivier Pollet, director of the film will be present for Q&A

Film Screening

Date: 6 October 2018
Time: 2.00 pm - 3.30 pm
Session: 30


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