What does independence mean for a people?
The community in Bougainville has been fighting for decades to get rid of a destructive mining business, a battle they won 20 years ago against all odds. Now they have to fight again, and this time by liberating themselves from Papua New Guinea and becoming an independent state.
In the film The Coconut Revolution from 2001, you can see how they fought the war with weapons, and in this thoughtful documentary we follow today’s political struggle for independence.
The film provides a disturbing insight into the consequences this struggle has for the local population, for as a bougainvillea says in the film: We are still living in the age of colonialism.
After the film, we get an update from Theonila Roka Matbob, Minister of Education and Member of Parliament in Bouganville, who tells about the separation from Papua New Guinea and the situation on the island today.
This conversation is included when you rent Ophir on our digital film platform.