Papua Film Festival to explore ‘simpler but significant issues’

Papua Voices chair Harun Rumbarar (from left), VI Papua Film Festival Committee chair Iren Fatagur, and Markus Wayeni during a media conference at the Papuan Voices secretariat on Monday.

The theme of the Papua Film Festival is Dari Kampung Kitong Cerita (From Our Village, We Tell Our Stories).

The main city in West Papua, Jayapura, will host the sixth edition of the festival, scheduled to take place from August 7-9.

During a media conference at the Papuan Voices secretariat, festival chair Iren Fatagur revealed that the event would focus on various smaller themes, including food, social change, history and identity, local wisdom, women and children, and the negative impact of land grabbing.

Jubi TV reports the festival will encompass two main components: film screenings and workshops. The workshops will explore different approaches used by film-makers, particularly in the form of documentary films.

Participants will gain insights into the documentary cycle, covering aspects such as expedition design and film duration.

Harun Rumbarar, head of Papuan Voices, explained that the initial plan was to hold the Papua Film Festival in Wamena following the Papuan Voices 2022 Congress in Biak.

However, due to circumstances and prevailing conditions in Wamena, the decision was made to relocate the festival back to Jayapura.

Shedding light on issues

This year’s festival aims to shed light on simpler yet significant issues, focusing on cultural situations and social matters, highlighting stories from various villages.

Unlike previous editions, it will not feature a competition but will instead showcase a selection of documentary films produced by Papuan Voices. The films will be screened and followed by discussions to gather responses and insights from the audience, assessing each film’s potential and strengths.

“This year it’s more about telling the content and essence of the stories directly. Papuan Voices seeks to engage and empower local film-makers, fostering storytelling capacities within the community,” Rumambar said.

The festival expects to attract many attendees, offering a platform for cultural exchange, celebration, and capacity building among film enthusiasts and creators alike.