Over the weekend, the National Government banned a documentary film, The Opposition, from screening at the PNG Human Rights Film Festival. The film scrutinises a major Port Moresby property deal linked to the Works Minister, Michael Nali, the State Enterprises Minister, William Duma, and controversial Icelandic businessman Gudmundur Fridriksson. As the O’Neill government increasingly cracks down on dissent, Professor Kristian Lasslett looks at what might be behind this latest attack on free speech.
An internationally acclaimed investigative documentary about Paga Hill community’s fight for justice from the illegal eviction and demolition of their homes in Papua New Guinea’s capital of Port Moresby has been banned from screening today at the PNG Human Rights Festival.
A majority of settlers evicted from a headland shanty town in Port Moresby to make way for a gated tourism and casino precinct backed by Australian property developers have been "simply abandoned", with some now sleeping rough, according to human rights investigators.
One of the festival’s other great stories about popular uprisings against entrenched interests was Hollie Fifer’s The Opposition. The broad outlines of her story are familiar from other documentaries of this sort, but the particulars sting with heroism and indignation.
Avoiding fake news, rent is higher than ever, and going to court over your doco. How not to get caught out by fake news, a report says just 29 properties in the whole country are affordable for people living on Youth Allowance or Newstart, and meet the doco maker who went to court over her film on PNG, The Opposition.
The 10th Human Rights Arts and Film Festival (HRAFF) will open tomorrow night with the Australian premiere of documentary The Opposition, directed by Hollie Fifer.
The feature doc details the struggle of 3,000 residents of the Paga Hill community in Papua New Guinea, who watched helplessly as police bulldozed their homes to make way for a luxury resort.'The Opposition' to make Aussie premiere at Human Rights Arts and Film Fest