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Recent political events in Papua New Guinea, as well as stories about culture and society, many of them produced in Papua New Guinea itself by resident filmmakers.

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ADVERTISING MISSIONARIES

ADVERTISING MISSIONARIES

1996 (PG) 52 min

A look at the determination of advertising companies to reach the remote highlands of Papua New Guinea, where more than three quarters of the population cannot be reached by regular advertising. A small theatre group travels to the remote region, performing soap operas devised around advertising messages for a variety of... more

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ANGELS OF WAR

ANGELS OF WAR

1982 (PG) 54 min

In January 1942 Papua New Guinea became the battle ground for nearly 2 million foreign soldiers. This film documents the experiences of Papua New Guinea's indigenous population during this campaign. more

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BETELNUT BISNIS

BETELNUT BISNIS

2004 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 52 min

An often humorous story of a "grass roots" family in the Highlands of Papua New Guinea, who make a precarious living by trading in betelnut, one of the world’s most widely used narcotics. The film presents us with a vivid portrait of present-day Papua New Guinea - not the "doom and gloom" stories that dominate the media,... more

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BIKPELA BAGARAP [Big Damage]

BIKPELA BAGARAP [Big Damage]

2011 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 43 min

Bikpela Bagarap reveals the human face of logging in Papua New Guinea. more

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BRIDEWEALTH FOR A GODDESS

BRIDEWEALTH FOR A GODDESS

2000 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 72 min

This film documents the last performance of the ritual for the fertility goddess Amb Kor, in the Western Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea. Shot over a period of approx. 15 years, the anthropologists and filmmakers have been participant-observers during a time of pivotal change for the clans of the Kawelka tribal group. more

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CANNING PARADISE

CANNING PARADISE

2012 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 90 min

Decades of over-fishing by the global tuna industry have now pushed the final frontiers to the waters of Papua New Guinea. In the 1950s, the world was fishing out 400,000 tons of tuna. This number is now close to 4 million. And it comes at a high cost: a human one, now affecting the last places on earth to receive the full... more

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COWBOY AND MARIA IN TOWN

COWBOY AND MARIA IN TOWN

1991 (G) 59 min

Attracted by the myths of town life and the chance of work, people from villages all over Papua New Guinea have come to the towns. COWBOY AND MARIA IN TOWN tells the story of two such migrants living in the settlements that surround the capital, Port Moresby. more

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FORGOTTEN BIRD OF PARADISE

FORGOTTEN BIRD OF PARADISE

2009 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: PG) 27 min

A rare and moving insight into West Papua's struggle for freedom. more

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GOGODALA: A Cultural Revival?

GOGODALA: A Cultural Revival?

1976 (G) 58 min

The stormy history of the Gogodala people earlier this century, and the attempts in the 1970s to revive their culture, form the basis for this superbly photographed film by Chris Owen. more

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KAMA WOSI

KAMA WOSI

1979 (G) 48 min

This film is about the music, and especially the singing, of the Trobriand Islanders. It includes songs and incantations for garden fertility, harvest chants and songs of love and enticement. more

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KORIAM'S LAW

KORIAM'S LAW

2006 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 110 min

In Koriam’s Law Australian anthropologist Andrew Lattas meets his match in philosopher-informant Peter Avarea of Matong village, Pomio, Papua New Guinea. Driven by their fiesty dialogue and with access to sacred ceremonies, the film patiently goes about making sense of that mysterious Pacific phenomenon, the “cargo-cult”. more

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MALANGAN LABADAMA

MALANGAN LABADAMA

1982 (G) 58 min

The story of three brothers and their tribute to deceased clansman, Buk-Buk. Their preparations, and the performances of the 'malangan' is vividly portrayed in this superbly photographed film. more

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MAN WITHOUT PIGS

MAN WITHOUT PIGS

1990 (G) 59 min

MAN WITHOUT PIGS offers a rare insight into the dynamics of village life in Papua New Guinea. The film explores the antagonism aroused when conflict between traditional custom and Western values occurs in an isolated community. more

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MINISTER WITHOUT MONEY

MINISTER WITHOUT MONEY

2006 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 28 min

Minister Without Money portrays Dr John Waiko’s political rise and fall fourteen years after the first film about Waiko, Man Without Pigs (1990) which focused on the significance of Dr Waiko’s achievement as the first Indigenous scholar to gain the title of Professor in Papua New Guinea. more

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MORESBY MODERN

MORESBY MODERN

2009 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 52 min

PNG is slowly joining the globalised world, and if you look closely at this society in transition you can see signs of a modest middle class on the rise, and a new generation coming of age. more

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PAPA BILONG CHIMBU

PAPA BILONG CHIMBU

2007 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 54 min

In 1937 a young Catholic missionary, Father John Nilles, arrived in the highlands of Papua New Guinea – one of the first whites the local people had ever seen. There he would stay for the next 54 years. More than just a priest, he would become an anthropologist, linguist, politician and clan leader. more

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SENSO DAUGHTERS

SENSO DAUGHTERS

1990 (PG) 55 min

During World War II, 140,000 Japanese troops died in Papua New Guinea. Considered the 'Forgotten War,' neither the war nor its veterans received public recognition in Japan. Another unacknowledged tragedy of that campaign was the army's mistreatment of New Guinean women and 'comfort girls'. Over 90,000 'comfort girls' were... more

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SINCE THE COMPANY CAME

SINCE THE COMPANY CAME

2000 (Classification Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G) 52 min

A Solomon Islands community struggles with some unexpected consequences of a logging operation. The men of Rendova Island embrace the chance to be part of the modern economy; but the women are concerned for the forests and traditions that sustain their families. As Rendova's forest rapidly disappears, the loggers set their... more

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TAKING PICTURES

TAKING PICTURES

1996 (G) 56 min

Taking Pictures focuses on several Australian film makers and the internationally renowned documentaries they made in Papua New Guinea in the 1970s-90s. Juxtaposing clips of the films with interviews of the filmmakers, it reflects upon the Western tradition of inquiring into and recording other people's lives, raising questions... more

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TROBRIAND CRICKET

TROBRIAND CRICKET

1979 (G) 53 min

Trobriand cricket refers to a unique version of the ball-and-bat sport cricket played by the Trobriand Islanders. They were first exposed to the game by Christian missionaries, who thought the game would discourage war among the natives. However, the game was quickly adapted to Trobriand culture by expanding the number... more

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