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The Screen Guide

In 1989 the landowners of Central Bougainville closed one of the world's largest copper mines that was destroying their land. As a result a blockade was imposed around the island. This is a film about a people who survived for nine years without assistance from the outside world. From scratch they built their own schools and colleges. Without Western medicines or health professionals they turned to their traditional bush medicine, without weapons they made their own guns out of water pipe, without communications they charged batteries using solar power to run satellite telephones and 2-way radios, and without a power station they generated their own electricity by harnessing water energy.

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Cast

Narration: Mandy King

Production Details

Production Completion
2000
Production Company
Frontyard Films

Sales

International Sales
Video Education Australasia