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BIKPELA BAGARAP [Big Damage]
Classification: Exempt - Ronin Recommends: G
Runtime: 43 min
Produced In: Australia
Directed By: David Fedele
Produced By: David Fedele
Language: Tok Pisin, English + English subtitles
Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage) reveals the human face of logging in Papua New Guinea.
It is a tale of exploitation and broken promises, where local people are treated as second-rate citizens in their own country by Malaysian logging companies and corrupt politicians.
Customary landowners are forced into signing documents they don't understand, for the promise of "development" – fresh water, health and education, but these essential services are rarely provided. Instead, their traditional hunting grounds are destroyed, waterways polluted, and their way of life ruined forever.
Follow this link to view the BIKPELA BAGARAP trailer - vimeo.com/22973149
- WINNER "Best Newcomer" – Wild Talk Africa 2013 (South Africa)
- FINALIST "Best Documentary Short" – Social Impact Media Awards 2013 (U.S.A.)
- WINNER "Audience Choice Award" – Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Fest 2012 (Malaysia)
- WINNER "Special Mention" – Village Doc Film Festival 2012 – (Italy)