A brave and moving film by Dominic Brown as he goes underground in West Papua to tell the stories of the West Papuans, who have been under an illegal and murderous occupation almost since the day the colonial powers moved out.
Our reaction to West Papua tells us a lot about ourselves. Do we want to live in a world of diverse people living with respect for each other or one in which neighbourhood bullies like Indonesia can kill and degrade secure in the knowledge that handing out mineral licenses to international companies will buy the compliance of the international community?
What is at stake is the dignity and possibly the very survival of the culturally, ethnically and linguistically distinct West Papuans. On top of that, there is a clash of cultural values which pits the Papuans symbiotic relationship with some of the most precious habitat in the world against the materialistic values of the the occupying power.
Dominic Brown spent two months filming undercover at significant risk to himself and the people he was filming in order to get the story out. The film does the job extremely well. As ever the devil is getting people to see it but it will be shown at the Raindance Festival on 6 October.
Free West Papua
Forgotten Bird of Paradise