Sunday, April 14, 2013

1) Top films for festival


1) Top films for festival
2) Papua Province keen to send students to Curtin
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1) Top films for festival

Zafiya Shamim
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

FILMMAKER Damien Faure will introduce his films at the Islands in the World Oceania International Film Festival (IWOIFF) later this month.
The graduate of the Fine Art School of St-Etienne, with honours, Mr Faure directed his first documentary about West Papua in 2001.
His film West Papua is focused on the conflict raging for 40 years West New Guinea and how the Papuan people struggled for survival against the Indonesian military.
His biography released to this newspaper by the organisers of IWOIFF said: "Selected in many festivals around the world, the film won the Special Jury Prize at the Film Festival of Human Rights in Paris in 2003."
It said the film was also broadcast on France Television.
"Following the shooting, he published the article The forgotten war Papuans in Le Monde Diplomatique in August 2002," his biography stated.
With this awareness, Mr Faure released Sampari (co-produced with FranceTV) — the second documentary on the subject that focused on the diplomatic battle at the UN Papuans at the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues 2007.
Selected in many international festivals, the film won the Grand Prize Documentary Film Festival on Human Rights in Kiev in 2008.
Also according to this biography, in 2010, ARTE (French Channel) gave Mr Faure the opportunity to make a third film about the Papuan issues: The Colonisation forgotten.
A DVD of his three films on West Papua was released in 2012 by Editions aaa production. "All the problems linked to war were recurrent in his films."
In 2004, he accomplished Three cheers for the independence of Texas — a documentary film where he lives in the vastness of the Ouarsenis (a series of mountains in North West Algeria) with his father who survived the war in Algeria. Recently, the film received the Audience Award at Film Festival St-Ouen. Nowadays, Mr Faure is preparing his first feature-length fiction of the Papuan rebels.
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2) Papua Province keen to send students to Curtin
Posted on April 10, 2013, Wednesday

MIRI: The provincial government in Papua Province, Indonesia is keen to sponsor Papuan students for further studies at leading tertiary institutions in the region including Curtin Sarawak.

Papua Human Resources Development Board head Dr Zakharias Giay said the board hopes to place undergraduates in engineering, science and business programmes as well as some postgraduate students in selected business and engineering disciplines.
Currently, the board is sponsoring some 20 students at Curtin’s main campus in Perth, Western Australia.
Zakharias said this during a familiarisation visit to Curtin Sarawak recently.

He was accompanied by Lili Kusuma Chandar, director of ELC Education in Makassar, South Sulawesi, which is assisting the board to establish bilateral ties with Curtin University’s campuses in Australia and Sarawak.
Expressing support for the move, pro vice-chancellor Professor Ian Kerr said Curtin Sarawak offers a more affordable option as the students would pay local fees and the cost of living in Sarawak is considerably cheaper compared to Perth.
Furthermore, the courses at both campuses are identical and the degrees are awarded by Curtin Australia.

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