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Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage)

David Fedele / Papua New Guinea / 2011 / 43 ' / English - Tok Pisin / S.T. English

Credits

Davi Fedele

Awards & Festivals

Winner: Audience Choice Award, Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival 2012
Winner: Roscar Award, Best Newcomer, Wildtalk Africa 2013
Nominee: Best Documentary Short, SIMA Social Impact Media Awards2013
Special Mention: The Village Doc Festival 2012

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A tale of exploitation and broken promises, where locals are treated as second-rate citizens in their own country by logging companies and corrupt politicians

Synopsis

Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage) reveals the human face of logging in Papua New Guinea.

Customary landowners are forced into signing documents they don’t understand, for the promise of “development” – fresh water, health and education, but these essential services are rarely provided. Instead, their traditional hunting grounds are destroyed, waterways polluted, and their traditional way of life ruined forever.

David spent three months alone in Papua New Guinea at the start of 2011, shooting this film. He was based in Vanimo town, Sandaun Province, less than 50km from the border with West Papua / Indonesia. This is one of the most remote parts of PNG, only accessible by plane or boat.

From Vanimo, he travelled extensively into the jungle visiting remote villages and exploring current and past logging operations, as well as two of the main logging camps in Sandaun Province – Maka Basecamp and Amanab 56 Basecamp.

The only way to access these areas was via the logging roads themselves, traveling on the vehicles of the logging companies. Traveling with just a small hand-held camera and a local guide, it was essential to keep as low a profile as possible, due to the sensitive nature of the project.

To avoid the suspicion of the logging companies and their employees, David couldn’t stay in the logging camps or villages for more than a few days at a time, making it difficult to follow particular characters throughout the film.

So instead, he decided to combine the stories of different people into a narrative that could be followed, to give as many and varied people as possible the opportunity to be heard and have their stories told.

 

 

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