Posts Categorized: Film & television

Filmmaker challenges young women to be counted

569-llane-munauBy Ishmael Palipal

Llane Munau, the young Bougainvillean filmmaker, has challenged the young women of the region to make a difference to society at a viewing of the Pawa Meri documentary series at the Arawa Market shelter.

Munau, who is a journalism graduate from Divine Word University, is one six directors involved in the production of the documentary series which showcases six inspiring women and their leading roles in the bringing about change in their respective communities.

The film, Voice of Change, tells the story of Sister Lorraine Garasu, a catholic nun who played a leading role in the peacemaking process in Bougainville. Llane, grew up during the civil war, felt it was important to celebrate Sister Lorraine’s role and to document a very important chapter of Bougainville’s history.

“I wanted my film to capture history and the life of this amazing woman, Sister Lorraine,” said Ms Munau.

She said she wants Bougainvillean children, especially girls, to know what happened during the secessionist crisis so it is never repeated.

“If this great woman of PNG can make it this far, why can’t you make it too?” she continued, explaining how her life led her to directing the documentary film.

“If I can make it, you can make it.

“Stand tall, set your goals well and work towards it. Don’t look at things that are for now.”

She supported her words of encouragement with the viewing of the Pawa Meri documentaries, which was later commended by many viewers as very inspiring and interesting stories.

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Documentary film pays homage to Sister Lorraine

The amazing work Sr Lorraine Garasu (pictured to the right), from the congregation of the Nazareth Sisters, has been captured as part of a documentary.

Voice of Change was directed by Llane Munau from Pariro Village in South Bougainville and Kupe Village in Central Bougainville.

The film tells the story of the life of the Bougainvillean nun, with a particular focus on her efforts during the crisis to stop the suffering of mothers and children, a topic close to Ms Munau’s heart.

“Sr. Lorraine Garasu is a household name in Bougainville because of her tireless fight for peace during the Bougainville conflict,” Ms Munau said.

“As a child growing up through the Bougainville crisis, I witnessed firsthand the effects of the crisis.”

“The killings, betrayals and struggles people had gone through and the disaster the civil war had brought on the people and the environment.”

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Pawa meri of the PNG film industry

A self-taught filmmaker from Pariro in South Bougainville and Kupe in Central Bougainville has established herself as one of Papua New Guinea’s premier directors.

Llane Munau grew up in Bougainville during the crisis and witnessed and experienced the struggles and trauma of the people.

After graduating from Divine Word Univeristy with a Bachelor of Arts (Journalism) she began her career at the PNG Institute of Medical Research.

As Media and Technical Officer Llane’s role was to disseminate health information to communities, and it was this task that would build her skills as a film maker.

In order to communicate the complex medical jargon to the laypeople Llane would use interesting mediums such as films and animations to simplify the messages.

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Film festival a success in Bougainville

Bougainville was of the four regions that hosted the 2014 Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival, which has been hailed as a great success.

The fifth edition of the festival also had events in Port Moresby, Goroka and Madang, before wrapping up in the autonomous region.

In Bougainville the festival travelled to Buka, Haku, Halia, Wakunai, Arawa and Buin.

As well as film viewings the Human Rights Film Festival included a photo exhibition, question and answer sessions and several panel discussions.

Multi-award winning Mr. Pip, filmed in Bougainville and set during the early stages of the crisis, was one of the films presented.

Also shown was Voice of Change, a documentary on the humanitarian work of Sr. Lorraine Garasu and the work she has done since the crisis to rebuild peace, families and people’s lives.

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Bougainville’s movie stars

By Nigel Matte


The film Tukana – Husat i asua?, set in pre-crisis Bougainville, is one of Papua New Guinea’s favourite local movies.

The eponymous protagonist, Tukana, is a lovable buffoon like Mr. Bean. The character was brought to life by Albert Toro and opposite was Francesca Semoso, who played the role of Lucy in the film.

The tagline for Tukana defines its purpose as ‘Husat I Asua?’ meaning ‘who is to be blamed?

Though the film is based around its physical comedy, like Mr. Bean and Mr. Bones, it special because it captures the issues and attitudes towards Bougainville’s future that existed at the time and continue to exist today.

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Setting up TV station seen as crucial

Radio New Zealand International

The regional member for Papua New Guinea’s autonomous province of Bougainville says setting up a television station is crucial as the province prepares for its eventual referendum on independence.

Joe Lera recently visited Dunedin in New Zealand, where he’s been in discussions with a TV producer to help set up a TV station.

He says since the height of the civil war in the 1990s, the only medium available is Radio Bougainville which only reaches a few people.

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Starlet takes home Best Actress

Xzannjah holds up her Moa for Best Actress.
Xzannjah holds up her Moa for Best Actress.

Xzannjah, the Bougainvillean star of Mr Pip, has won Best Actress at the 2013 New Zealand Film Awards in Auckland.

The annual awards ceremony, colloquially referred to as the Moas, celebrates the best New Zealand film productions and co-productions each year.

Xzannjah, who hails from Buka, brought the character Matilda to life on the big screen alongside Hugh Laurie.

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