"What Lies That Way" Documentary feature film coming in 2017.
"What Lies That Way - A Film By and About Magic"
The film follows New Zealander Paul Wolffram as he returns to the remote Lak community of Papua New Guinea, which he first joined fifteen years ago. His intention: to undergo a psychologically and physically grueling initiation into the local Buai cult.
Through the five days of the initiation the world of the film shifts gradually from a western narrative to one that privileges local ways of seeing and understanding. As the rigors of the initiation begin to take hold (severe dehydration, fasting and isolation), Paul learns the secrets of Buai magic. Time slows, interactions intensify, the sounds of the rainforest become a dominant presence and the spiritual world animates. The past, future, and present meld together as another worldview manifests on screen. The film gently immerses the audience in this world, where spirits are unquestioned and magic commonplace.