Urbanus Kiaf takes us to see how the Papuan Voices crew in Merauke work, travel and have fun while trying to make a difference.
EngageMedia‘s Papuan Voices project is a combination of empowerment and production. We collaborate with local orgnisations in Jayapura and Merauke to teach Papuan activists video production and distribution skills so that they have the means to tell their own stories to the world.
The conflict between West Papua and Indonesia remains largely hidden from the world. Despite decades of hostility and violence, demands for justice have received little 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 which all tell 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 now available in 8 languages.
A Study Guide designed to give context to these videos for use in school and university classrooms.
A Screening Guide for community groups and activist organisations wishing to host screenings.
A DVD pack of screening quality versions of all nine videos with English subtitles and a limited edition colour booklet.
Videomakers: Cyntia Warwe, FX. Making, Albert Pu’u, Yuliana Langowuyo, Edy Rosariyanto, Baguma Yarinap, Nico Tunjanan, Bernard Koten, Agus Berek, Peneas Lokbere, Ike Weler, Titus Boi, Wenda Tokomonowir, Leo Moyuend, Urbanus Kiaf, Krisantos Yama, Yuly Kaisma, Carolyn Ngoran, Chris Mahuze, Alex Aldero Project Manager: Enrico Aditjondro JPIC MSC Project Manager: Wensi Fatubun Audience Engagement Manager: Alexandra Crosby Executive Producer: Andrew Lowenthal English Writer: James Elmslie Indonesian Writer: Rani Adityasari Graphic Design: Toha This project has been funded by the Ford Foundation. Special thanks to: Organisation for Visual Progression (OVP) and WITNESS
Project partners: Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation (JPIC) MSC (Jakarta) and the Secretariat for Justice and Peace (SKPKC Fransiskan Jayapura).