Masters of Our Land

#indigenousEnglishIndonesianMasters of Our LandDURATION: 07:25PLACE: Raja Ampat, West PapuaDIRECTOR: Ina Mayor Matias owns a homestay in Yandebabo, a family-owned island in the majestic Raja Ampat area of West Papua. From his savings as a sensor operator, he …

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Mama Mariode

EnglishIndonesianMama MariodeDURATION: 04:50PLACE: Sorong, Papua BaratDIRECTOR: Agus Kalalu Mariode Malak and Kefas Gisim are the last standing block between the forest and a plantation corporation that is expanding operations on the banks of the Klasafet river. Their …

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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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Let us Sell Areca Nuts!

EnglishIndonesianLet us Sell Areca Nuts!DURATION: 04:10PLACE: Wamena, PapuaDIRECTOR: Dorkas Kossay Chewing areca nuts is a traditional pastime for the people of Wamena despite the fact that there are no areca trees in the town. Many women vendors sell …

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Love Letter to the Soldier

A letter from a Papuan woman to an Indonesian soldier who was once based in her village on the PNG-Indonesian border. Theirs was a controversial relationship but she begs him to return to meet their three-year-old daughter: “I will continue to wait for you, Samsul. I don’t care what people say.”

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Papua Calling

Ustad Adnan and Fadhal are part of a small minority of West Papuan Muslims. They argue that the problems in Papua don’t just affect the predominantly Christian population. “Don’t view the problems in Papua as Christian problems,” says Fadhal. “This is not a religious problem, this a humanitarian problem.”

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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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Jerry Can Coconuts

The Malind tribe in Merauke is proud of its ecological traditions – each clan in the tribe is responsible for protecting a natural element. The Moiwend clan is responsible for the coconut trees and their fruit. However, in recent times Malind youth have started using coconut plants to make alcohol. The home-made drinks – which are much cheaper to buy than beer and spirits – have added to the town’s problems. Now, some Malind elders are calling for the reinstatement of customary laws that would punish those who make use of coconuts in this way in order to save their tradition and their community.

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What Mama Kasmira Wants

A Papuan cocoa farmer from the Indonesia-Papua New Guinea border region had to leave her farm to work for a palm plantation when the village elders made a deal with a Rajawali Group company to sell her land. Every day Kasmira works hard under the boiling hot sun, clearing bushes for the plantation. However, she has great hopes for her three children.

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Left To Survive

Dominikus Mesas lives in the Keerom District, near the northern border of West Papua and Papua New Guinea. While other villagers succumbed to selling their lands to palm plantation companies, he is resilient in keeping his own lands and urges others to do the same.

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