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Film festival highlights strength of Papuan women in face of discrimination

  • Victor Mambor

    The Jakarta Post

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Jayapura, Papua   /   Mon, August 12, 2019   /  10:40 am
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Participants of the Papua Film Festival talk in a group on Aug. 7.(Courtesy of Papua Film Festival/-)

Papua-based film community Papuan Voices has held the third-ever Papua Film Festival as part of an effort to raise awareness on the role Papuan women play in society and the changing gender dynamics in traditional culture. The festival, which carried the theme “Perempuan Penjaga Tanah Papua” (The Female Guards of Papua), screened 10 out of a total 17 submitted films revolving around Papuan women from Aug. 7 to 9 in Sorong, West Papua. Papua Film Festival coordinator Sisca Manam said that, although respect had been growing for Papuan women in recent years, there was still a yawning gap that separated men and women in the region. “[The gap] is reflected, for instance, in how we still lack the same education opportunities as our male counterparts,” Sisca said. Furthermore, she said Papuan women faced various forms of discrimination over the years simply b...