Film Website - bikpelabagarap.com
Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage) reveals the human face of logging in Papua New Guinea.
It is a tale of exploitation and broken promises, where local people are treated as second-rate citizens in their own country by Malaysian logging companies and corrupt politicians.
Customary landowners are forced into signing documents they don’t understand, for the promise of “development” - fresh water, health and education, but these essential services are rarely provided. Instead, their traditional hunting grounds are destroyed, waterways polluted, and their way of life ruined forever.
Festivals – Official Selection
Steps International Film Festival – Kharkov, Ukraine
Barents Ecology Film Festival – Petrozavodsk, Russia
Cinema Planeta Film Festival – Cuernavaca, Morelos, Mexico
Addis International Film Festival – Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Reel Earth Environmental Film Festival – Palmerston North, New Zealand
Kuala Lumpur Eco Film Festival – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Agitprop International Film Festival on Peoples’ Struggles – Manila, the Philippines
Portobello Film Festival – London, United Kingdom
Docubazaar Independent Documentary Film Festival – Ljubljana, Slovenia
ânûû-rû âboro (a man’s shadow) Film Festival – Pwêêdi Wiimîâ, New Caledonia
Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival – Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea
Channel 31 – Melbourne, Australia (February 2012)