Video resources

Saving Our Land – People's Power Against Mining Power

24 Jun 2011

Clive Porabou's Trailer for his new Documentary "Saving Our Land", on the struggle of the indigenous population of Mekamui/Bougainville against the re-opening of Panguna mine by Rio Tinto's subsidy Bougainville Copper Limited. Panguna mine brought many problems to Mekamui and the war and military blockade which followed its closure in 1989 had cost the lives of 20 000 people, which was a fifth of the population. None of the indigenous people living on the Land and from the Land want the mine re-opened. They have opposed the principles of large-scale- mining already in the 60's and just want to live in peace and harmony without the intrusion of international companies ripping them of their resources and destroying and polluting their island.

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People Speak out against a special economic zone

12 Apr 2011

SoulPNG. GABRIEL KAPRIS ISN'T A LANDOWNER! A community leader from Rempi, furious over the absence of government representatives and ministers at the PMIZ forum, issues a scathing attack on Papua New Guinea's Commerce and Industry Minister accusing him of bulldozing the project and bypassing landowners. The locals are fighting the establishment of a Special Economic Zone (SEZ) which is expected to have relaxed labour laws and foreign affairs regulations. There are also plans to import up to 30 thousand foreign workers for the industries.

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9 Apr 2011

SoulPNG. Uprooted is a story of four communities in Papua New Guinea's Madang province who have been affected in various ways by a Chinese state owned owned nickel mine. Narrated entirely by landowners, it shows the pain and fear of losing their land to large scale development. It also highlights the concerns related to Deep Sea Tailings placement (DSTP) the preferred method of mine waste disposal.

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The Watut Cries

8 Apr 2011

SoulPNG. "The Watut Cries" examines the model of development chosen by Papua New Guinea. It looks at the impact of large scale mining development and its effects on the lives of people and their the environment and people. The documentary begins in the lower Watut area where sedimentation has become increasingly evident then goes to the Watut where food garden have been destroyed.

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SABL – How the PNG Government is taking your land

5 Apr 2011

Video by SoulPNG. Special Agriculture Business Lease (SABL) - is the new method the Papua New Guinea Government is using to take land away from customary owners. The leases are granted fro 99 years without the knowledge and consent of landowners. In 2010, more than 2 million hectares was stolen. That number has gone up to 5 million hectares as of January 2011. The common scenario: landowners are promised agriculture projects on their land but the company also says they need to clear-fell in order to develop the land. Before you know it, the company is harvesting logs and making its way to new areas. the 99-year Special Agriculture Leases mean landowners lose control of their land for three generations! (VIDEO IN TOK PISIN)

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Defending Melanesian Land

1 Apr 2011

Defending Melanesian Land is a short video in which Melanesian activists explain why indigenous land is important to people in the Pacific, and why they have formed a regional alliance (the Melanesian Indigenous Land Defence Alliance – MILDA) to defend indigenous Melanesian land.

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Donors open the door for land grab in PNG

1 May 2010

Video created by GRAIN in May 2010. Foreign donors are promoting land registration in Papua New Guinea (PNG) to facilitate a farmland grab, under the guise of agricultural development. Aid agencies, such as AusAid under its "Making Land Work Initiative", are ramping up the push to reform customary land tenure in order to commodify rural lands in PNG and throughout Melanesia and turn them over to foreign investors.

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Vanuatu Land Boom

1 Dec 2006

In December 2006 Australian TV channel SBS aired a documentary on the land boom fuelled by tourism in Vanuatu, undermining traditional culture and leading to land being stolen.

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