Bikpela Bagarap - Full Feature

by David Fedele August 19, 2012

Bikpela Bagarap reveals the human face of logging in Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea. The story is told through the voice of regular villagers, without narration. It is a tale of exploitation and broken promises, where local people are treated as second-rate citizens in their own country by Malaysian logging companies and corrupt politicians. Customary landowners are forced into signing documents they don’t understand, for the promise of “development” - fresh water, health and education, but these essential services are rarely provided. Instead, their traditional hunting ground is destroyed, waterways polluted, and their traditional way of life ruined forever.

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