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Pacific Island Film Series

Social (in)justice in the Pacific: The Free West Papua Campaign

May film: Run It Straight for West Papua

Part of the Oceania on the Reel Pacific Island Film Series, this evening will be a poetry session, talk story, and film-screening.

About the film:

On the western half of the island of New Guinea in Melanesia lies West Papua, home to the indigenous Papuan people who have been under Indonesian colonial rule for over fifty years. The Indonesian regime in West Papua is a notoriously violent one, and over 500,000 civilians have been killed in a genocide against the indigenous population. Many thousands more have been subject to rape, torture, imprisonment, or have simply “disappeared” after being arrested. Basic human rights including freedom of speech are denied, and Papuans live in a constant state of fear and intimidation. Run It Straight for West Papua is set in a rugby league classroom and tells the story of a community in Aotearoa who have reached out in solidarity to send their support to the people of West Papua. The film provides one example of the ways that Pacific Islanders have mobilized in the pursuit of social justice for their fellow Islanders, inspiring many more to take a stand for West Papua and put an end to the ongoing genocide and human rights violations in Oceania that have gone largely ignored by much of the global community.

FREE & open to public. Refreshments will be served.