Stories from the Earth of Cendrawasih at the Papua Film Festival – The pandemic did not prevent Papuan Voices to hold the the Papuan Film Festival in this year. The documentary film competition held for the fourth time, presented various stories from the Earth of Cendrawasih.

The Papua Film Festival IV is going to be held on August 7-9, 2021. From a total of 29 participating films, the jury has selected 10 the best documentaries.

 Papua Film Festival (FFP) IV jury team for this year consisted of Dandhy Laksono known as a filmmaker and founder of Watchdoc. Then there is an academician of the Cenderawasih University of Jayapura, Elvira Rumkabu, and a supervisor of Papuan Voices and Papuan Cultural, Max Binur.

The 10 best films at the Papua IV Film Festival are: Dari Hutan Kitong Hidup by Kristina Soge and Denis Tafor; the film of Hana by Emooz Kofit; the film of Ilalang Betrumbuh Jagung Berbuah Sawit by Steven Saroi; the film of Kamasan by Adam Rumpumbo;  Kembali Ke Jalan Leluhur by Harun Rumbarar.

Then there is film of Penjaga Dusun Sagu; Penutur Terakhir?  by Salvius Tafor; Sikuls Hidup by Joseph Levi; the film of Susah Senang Sama-Sama by Monaliza Upuya; and the film of Yai Pu Tifa by Marselius Aronggear.

The Papua Film Festival (FFP) has been held since 2017. Several series of FFP activities include training on documentary film making, documentary film competitions, workshops, and screening of documentary films. The films in the competition are films about Papua. Likewise with the films being screened.

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“FFP is expected to be a benchmark for the film movement in Papua, especially documentaries, triggering the enthusiasm of Papuan filmmakers to continue working, and building a movement for watching documentary films in the community, especially in Papua,” said the organizer of the Papua Film Festival in a written statement.

Before the event started, the Papua Film Festival (FFP) started a series of events with the celebration of Mambesak Day on August 5 and a National Seminar on August 6, 2021.

Papuan Voices is a filmmaking community in Papua focusing on producing short documentaries about people and the land of Papua. Founded in 2011, Papuan Voices aims to present stories about Papua from the point of view of the Papuan people themselves.

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