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MINISTER WITHOUT MONEY

Year: 2006

Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G

Runtime: 28 min

Produced In: PNG

Directed By: Bao Waiko, Sandra Welkerling

Produced By: Bao Waiko, Sandra Welkerling

Language: English subtitles

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In 2003, Papua New Guinea held one of its most controversial and violent elections. Former Minister for Education and later Foreign Affairs, Dr John Waiko, lost his electoral seat in the coastal region of Oro province and filed a court petition against the newly elected minister of Highlander decent, Peter Oresi. Waiko and his coastal Papuan supporters believe their election was tainted by illegal voting, bribery and voter harassment introduced by Oresi and his Highlander supporters.

Follow the filmmaker, Bao Waiko and Sandra Welkerling, as they try to make sense of Bao's father's one-year quest for justice in this intriguing tale of loyalty and deceit, corruption and revenge.

MINISTER WITHOUT MONEY offer a rare insight into the explosive ethnic hostilities and high stakes of election time in a Melanesian culture striving to balance traditional values with western democratic principles.

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