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Papuan Voices: Discovering Papua on screen

Josa Lukman
Josa Lukman

The Jakarta Post

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Jakarta  /  Mon, November 25, 2019  /  01:21 pm
Papuan Voices: Discovering Papua on screen

Paradise lost: "The Mahuzes" highlighted land conflicts that arise from the expansion of the palm industry, which has made its way onto Papuan land. (Courtesy of Watchdocs/-)

As Indonesia’s easternmost region, Papua is largely out of focus when it comes to representation in the media. Most people are likely to know about Papua’s world-renowned destinations like Raja Ampat, its indigenous tribes like the Asmat or even the political controversies and disputes that have racked the island over the years. However, the people of Papua are keen to raise awareness of their cultural diversity and lives, and cinema has become an increasingly popular medium to spread the word. Documentaries on Papua make for compelling viewing when looking to get insights into the land and its people. Tese Tewes, which takes its title from an honorific bestowed on respected female elders of the Asmat tribes, is one of the latest documentaries to shed light on Papua. Heritage on screen: Tese Tewes, which takes its title from an honorific bestowed on respected f...