31 Oct 2013

Bougainville to take human rights film festival around the province

6:26 pm on 31 October 2013

The Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival begins in Bougainville on 1 November.

The festival is seek as an opportunity to draw links between what is going on around the world and what is happening in Bougainville.

The festival has run previously in Buka, but as organiser Barbara Tanne told Don Wiseman, because of demand they are taking it around the province for the first time.

BARBARA TANNE: [There are] five locations we've identified this year - one in Kokopau and Ieta village and Hutjena Secondary School and Gogohe and Arawa village.

DON WISEMAN: And in Arawa you're going to be making use of the new Arawa library.

BT: Yes, that's right.

DW: The films you have come from the PNG Human Rights Film Festival. They're all locally made, they're all Papua New Guinean movies, are they?

BT: We have two Papua New Guinean movies, one from Bougainville, and a third one from Africa.

DW: Bougainville, of course, as everyone knows, has experienced some horrific human rights issues over the last 20 years. And as part of this festival you hope that the films will initiate discussions, and you're going to hold those immediately following the filming.

BT: Yes.

DW: And what do you hope will come out of that?

BT: What we hope to get here is the viewers and the people of Bougainville to try and understand human rights, the rights of everyone. And we're trying to get the viewers to really see and understand the rights of individuals.