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Jakarta Post

Film gives voice to people affected by Montara oil spill

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, July 3 2017   /  12:29 am

Residents of Rote Island in East Nusa Tenggara have been living with sea waters polluted by a leak from an oil and gas rig in the Montara oil field, which occurred almost eight years ago in the Timor Sea.

Until now, they have seen little attempt from the Indonesian and Australian governments to resolve the problem, prolonging the people’s suffering.

Australian freelance journalist-cum-filmmaker Jane Hammond has made a documentary on how Rote Island residents cope with thousands of barrels of oil contaminating their ocean.

The documentary, titled A Crude Injustice, focuses on the challenges they face, including health problems and losing their source of livelihood. “I made this documentary because I want to give voice to the people who were impacted,” Jane said in a recent discussion on the movie in Jakarta.

In August 2009, an explosion rocked a rig ope...