Video resources

Fool me once: The regional lessons from Tonga's WTO accession

14 Jun 2012

"Fool me once: The regional lessons from the impacts of Tonga's WTO accession" is a look through the eyes of Tongans what membership to the World Trade Organization has meant for them and their country. Tonga became a member of the WTO in 2005 under what has been described as "arguably the worst terms ever offered to any country" - requiring the Pacific Island nation to make wide ranging and binding commitments on trade liberalisation. Speaking about the impacts as felt through a cross-section of society, this video documents how the promised benefits of WTO membership have failed to not only materialise but have increased hardship across the country. The film ends with a plea to other Pacific countries considering joining the WTO to learn from their mistake and not be fooled by the promises that accompany membership. The documentary was produced by the Pacific Network on Globalisation (PANG). For more information see www.pang.org.fj

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BUILDING A NATION: WRITING THE CONSTITUTION

6 May 2012

One of the founding fathers of Papua New Guinea, John Momis talks about the days before the end of colonial rule and who was involved in writing the Papua New Guinea Constitution. As Deputy Chairman of the Constitutional Planning Committee, John Momis travelled to every patrol post in what was the Australian Territory of Papua New Guinea. They sought views from people a wrote the constitution. Momis says the constitution is detailed because it seeks to protect people from external exploitation and protects Papua New Guineans from their own government. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QC0p7q4m_tM&list=UU6ZknLDYoIQA8ZhSBcttNHA&index

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Em Graun Bilong Mipla, This Is Our Land

5 Apr 2012

In 1998, the people of Saussi in the in the Ramu Valley Madang Province (Papua New Guinea) got word of plans that a sugar & oil palm company, Ramu Agri-Industries, was seeking to expand its oil palm plantations into customary land owned by the Saussi. Led by visionary local level government councilor, Aipapu Marai, the Saussi organized several neighboring communities and formed the Ramu Valley Landowners Association (RVLOA). With very limited financial resources and no legal support, they began a five year battle against Ramu Agri Industries. Armed with information about the negative impacts of oil palm in other provinces and other countries, the Saussi stood firm and told the company and the Papua New Guinea Government that they were not going to allow oil palm on their land. In the words of one of their own: "WE DON'T WANT TO BECOME SLAVES TO THE COMPANY ON OUR OWN LAND." Instead of oil palm, they chose to remain in control of the land and all their resources and make their own money by selling cocoa, watermelons, peanuts and fish. Today, each household earns between USD15,000 and USD25,000 with the women having a significant portion of control over income generation and spending.

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Stopping land theft in the Ramu

27 Feb 2012

Melchior Warre, a Papagraun (customary landowner) from Papua New Guinea's Madang Province, is attending a commission of inquiry investigation hearing into the use of Special Agriculture Leases (SABLs). Mel says why his Ramu People are against 99-year Special Agriculture Business Leases (SABL). Through agreements that appear legal, the leases take away land rights from landowners for at least three generations. Certain clauses in the lease agreements also allow foreign companies to sue customary landowners. The Commision of Inquiry has, so far, compiled a mountain of evidence that show that ordinary people have been cheated by foreign companies and middlemen. The people of the Ramu were among the first people to raise concerns about SABLs after a company began logging in the area.

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Video documents broken oil palm promises in Solomon Islands

20 Jan 2012

This short video documents the broken promises of oil plam company Sylvania Limited which has deserted the people of Marova leaving them with only broken promises after logging out their forests; mirroring the experiences of communities in Papua New Guinea who have suffered the loss of their forests under Special Agriculture Purpose Business Leases. Thanks to Act Now! for sharing

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Sausi - village cooperation

16 Jan 2012

A community in PNG which resisted oil palm monocultures and is developing its own forms of co-finance and development http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=35uMQJAw4Y8&feature

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Portions of Paradise

13 Dec 2011

Video created by SoulPNG on the threat to Ni-Vanuatu landowners from Australia's aggressive foreign policies. An AusAid-supported land reform program fuelled a land grab by Australian owned real estate companies based in Vanuatu. While reforms may be seen as a path to economic development, the Ni-Vanuatu are being robbed of their traditional rights to fish, hunt and live on what was once their ancestral land. Critics of the land reform program point out that a there is an increasing undercurrent of dissatisfaction among the younger generation who no longer have access to the resources that their parents once had.

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Numalin Mahana speaks on land in Vanuatu

16 Sep 2011

Numalin Mahana speaks on land in Vanuatu (Mele village, Efate island, Vanuatu, June 2010)

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Chief Selwyn on land in Vanuatu

1 Aug 2011

Chief Selwyn Garu speaks on customary land in Vanuatu and the problems brought about by attempts to commercialise it.

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Blood and Treasure

26 Jun 2011

Documentary by SBS Dateline program (Australia) that uncovered claims the PNG government was acting under instruction from mining giant Rio Tinto, when it killed thousands of people who wanted the mine shut down. The allegations come from PNG’s former Opposition Leader, and now Prime Minister, Sir Michael Somare, in 2001 court documents obtained by SBS Senior Correspondent Brian Thomson for Dateline. In them, Somare says the company, and its subsidiary Bougainville Copper Limited, effectively used its wealth to control the government – a claim denied by BCL. With negotiations now underway to reopen the abandoned mine, could Bougainville be heading for a repeat of the bloody battle over its resources? Documentary can also be streamed through the SBS website: http://www.sbs.com.au/dateline/story/watch/id/601246/n/Blood-and-Treasure

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