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Arrows Against The Wind
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(1 x 52 mins) SBS, Australia
West Papua, also known as Irian Jaya, is the 'Amazon of Asia.' It is a land of vast jungles and tropical rainforests, where tribal peoples have lived for 25,000 years. Filmed secretly in West Papua this is the story of two tribes, the Dani and Asmat. In 1967, Indonesia invaded West Papua, opening up the land for development and banning all international observers. While the Dani's future is threatened by Indonesia's assimilation program, the Asmat tribe has faced the destructive invasion of their land, for their forests contain valuable resources to be exploited.
Due to unprecedented worldwide media coverage, this film scored high ratings. Awarded Best Documentary - National Educational Film Festival, USA. Finalist Birmingham International Educational Film Festival and Vermont International Film Festival. Distributed by Beyond International.
Press - "Loaded with vivid images and rare archival footage." The London Times
Review -2009 "A unique and provocative examination of colonialism and humanity's relationship with nature. With stunning visual acuity, this video documents the tragic social and environmental consequences when a natural relationship becomes unbalanced... This important documentary clearly illustrates the inter-connection between political, social, and environmental actions. Bound to be a good discussion starter, it is highly recommended, especially for universities and academic library collections."
**** Video Rating Guide for Libraries