Papuan Voices: 9 award winning videos online

The Papuan Voices site is now live, and includes the nine selected short videos from West Papua, study guides, screening guides, and a media pack. Join the conversation, learn more about West Papua, post comments, and share your ideas! A limited release DVD compilation and full colour booklet can be ordered online.

Papuan Voices is a video advocacy initiative working with Papuan activists to more effectively tell their stories to the world. In 2011-12 EngageMedia and Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation collaborated with local organisations in Jayapura and Merauke to teach Papuan activists video production and distribution skills.The conflict between West Papua and Indonesia remains largely hidden from the world. Despite decades of hostility and violence, demands for justice have received limited global attention. Papuan Voices aims to bring the everyday stories of West Papuans to a wider audience. Importantly, these stories are not just framed around West Papua’s political struggle for independence; they are not the stories of conflict that are more often circulated. Rather, they are the stories behind the conflict: the struggles for education, the environment, equality and dignity.Papuan Voices includes:

  • Nine videos telling stories of life in the contested region of West Papua, Indonesia. You can view and download them here. All the videos have been translated and subtitled through EngageMedia’s Lingua project, a partnership with Amara (Universal Subtitles) that enables collaborative online subtitling. ‘Love Letter to the Solider‘, for instance, is available in 9 languages.
  • A Study Guide designed to give context to these videos for use in high school and university classrooms.
  • A Screening Guide for community groups and activist organisations wishing to host screenings.
  • A DVD pack for purchase of screening quality versions of all nine videos with English subtitles and a limited edition colour booklet.