The Coconut Revolution
The Coconut Revolution from 2001 is about the people of Bougainville, Papua New Guinea, who for decades fought against a destructive mining operation on their island. The battle ended in a bloody war from 1988 to 1998, which the islanders won against all odds. This struggle is described as the world’s first successful environmental revolution.
The background for the conflict was the mining company Rio Tinto Zinc, which operated as a colonial master on the island. Mining destroyed both society and nature. When peaceful protests did not help, the conflict escalated into a full-scale war. Papua New Guinea received help from Australia, but even though they fought with advanced weapons against an almost unarmed rebel army, the Bougainvilles eventually won.
The film takes us straight into the war and shows how the Bougainville Revolutionary Army managed to fight the mighty adversary by, among other things, using coconut oil as fuel.
The film is shown in combination with Ophir.