AID/WATCH releases new DVD on Melanesian land and Melanesian film night screenings

AID/WATCH in coordination with the Melanesian Indigenous Land Defence Alliance have released a new DVD on customary land and livelihoods called ‘Defending Melanesian Land 2: Focus on Vanuatu’. In the videos, customary landholders give an insight in to the significance of land in Ni-Vanuatu communities, the impacts of reform being driven by international interests (including AusAID land reforms) and contrasts Melanesian perspectives with corporate development agendas.

The DVD features two short documentaries by Melanesian filmmaker Scott Waide as well as interviews with Ni-Vanuatu Numalin Mahana on the value of customary land and Chief Selwyn Garu on the problems of land alienation. ‘Portions of Paradise’ about AusAID support land reforms in Vanuatu and ‘Em Graun Bilong Mipla (this is our land)’, an inspring documentary about a group of communities in the Upper Ramu Valley (at Sausi in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea) who rejected commercial oil palm development and chose to remain in control of their land and resources.

AID/WATCH will be co-hosting screenings of ‘Portions of Paradise’ and ‘Em Graun Blong Milpa’ in an exciting evening of Melanesian films also featuring the documentary ‘Bougainville after the war’ by Bouganville filmmaker Clive Porabou. Entry is by donation, with all money raised going to Clive’s studio (all films are approximately 20 minutes each running time).

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