Honai

EnglishIndonesianHonaiDURATION: 05:52PLACE: Wamena, PapuaDIRECTOR: Niko Asso The traditional Honai house is the centre of community life in the central highlands. It is in the Honai that all cultural rituals take place, from clan gatherings to peace making. …

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Wamena

EnglishIndonesianWamenaDURATION: 06:23PLACE: Wamena, PapuaDIRECTOR: Bonny Lanny The Wamena culture regards pigs highly. The name Wamena itself comes from the word ‘Wam’, which means swine, and ‘Ena’, which means to tame. Every rite of passage is symbolised by the …

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Sekolah Papua (School of Papua)

EnglishIndonesianSchool of PapuaDURATION: 08.02PLACE: Sorong , Papua BaratDIRECTOR: Thois Wanma  David Womsiwor is an artist and teaches at an elementary school in Sorong. He is concerned about the disappearance of Papua tradition and culture. He incorporates arts into …

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Hopes of the Cendrawasih Children

Primary school children in Arso on the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border are keen to study – but teachers rarely come to the local school. The one teacher who does come is only on a short-term contract and gets paid once every six months. When school is out, the kids end up doing labour on the local palm plantation to earn money and kill time.

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Ironic Survival

Alex Mahuze is a Malind tribesman and a sago farmer in Merauke. His clan has lived in harmony with nature for generations. The arrival of the Merauke Integrated Food and Energy Estate (MIFEE) program has forced him to earn money through other means, which ironically harms the environment. He lost his lands and his culture is threatened, but Alex fights on.

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