British filmmaker Dominic Brown travelled undercover, without the knowledge or authority of the Indonesian authorities in order to film Forgotten Bird of Paradise. The documentary provides a rare and moving insight into the struggle for independence that has gripped West Papua for over 45 years. It includes never before seen footage of Papuan independence fighters at their stronghold deep in the jungle, as well as interviews with human rights victims of the Indonesian regime.
Most startling of all is an interview Brown conducted with high profile political prisoner Yusak Pakage. Currently serving a ten year jail sentence for taking part in a peaceful flagraising ceremony, Pakage is recognised by Amnesty International as a ‘prisoner of conscience’. The interview with Pakage was recorded in secret during a hospital visit where he was receiving treatment for torture.
The documentary also provides an insight into recent developments on the international arena including the launch of the International Parlimentarians for West Papua. This has seen a number of influential politicians from around the world come together to co-ordinate international action against the ongoing occupation, and bring about means whereby the West Papuan people will eventually gain their long lost right of self-determination. -
Frequently breathtaking and thought provoking, Forgotten Bird of Paradise provides a remarkable insight into a world where ancient traditions and cultures live on into the modern age. Above all it shows the inspiring resilience of a people who have suffered so much under Indonesian occupation, but whose determination for freedom burns stronger now than at any time in history. Finally their cries are starting to be heard.
Produced, directed, filmed & edited by Dominic Brown.
Forgotten Bird of Paradise screening at New Caledonia film festival
Forgotten Bird of Paradise has been confirmed for screening at a film festival being held in New Caledonia in the Pacific. ânûû-rû âboro (“a man’s shadow”), will be held this October featuring films from across the Pacific.
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