‘PUNKS FOR WEST PAPUA’ – THE DOCUMENTARY TOUR
Following the success of the recent airing in Sydney, the award winning “Punks For West Papua” documentary is heading on the road for screening events in cities around Australia with guest appearances by filmmaker Anthony ‘Ash’ Brennan and special performances from local punk legends in each town. The Sydney and Brisbane events will also feature the Leader of the Free West Papua Campaign and two time Nobel Peace Prize nominee Benny Wenda.
WEDNESDAY 4TH MAY – ROSEMOUNT HOTEL, PERTH
TUESDAY 24TH MAY – SYDNEY UNIVERSITY
WEDNESDAY 25TH MAY – CROWBAR BLACK, FORTITUDE VALLEY
“Punks For West Papua” is an intriguing story of one man’s selfless gesture that inspired a nation, and is recommended viewing for not just fans of punk rock but for anybody who believes in justice. Sydney punk band Diggers With Attitude’s Jody Bartolo spearheaded the movement, and a midnight text message to friend Ash Brennan started the wheels in motion to video the events.
Created by Brennan and narrated by Basia Bonkowski, this 46 minute film tells of the Aussie punk scene’s fight for the West Papuans, turning a fundraising event into an Australia wide benefit involving over 50 bands in 7 cities around the country, making Punks For West Papua the biggest, and no doubt, loudest punk rock showcase in the nation’s history.
The documentary has been picking up awards around the world, including the Hollywood International Independent Documentary Awards and IndieFest San Diego 2016.
The oppression of West Papua by Indonesia, with the support of the Australian government, is an issue that goes largely undiscussed by the mainstream. As UK media outlet TeenRock.com said in their article “10 Things We Learned From ‘Punks 4 West Papua’… “Since 1962, the indigenous West Papuan people have been fighting Indonesia’s occupation of their land. The Indonesian government have used torture and murder to control the West Papuans, but they’re fighting back, and Australia’s punk bands are shining a light on the issue. West Papua sits just north of Australia, and the proudly political punks of Oz are sick of the conflict happening unnoticed and unreported on their neighbouring island.”
Proceeds for all events go to The United Liberation Movement of West Papua.
TeenRock.com, UK – “10 Things We Learned From ‘Punks 4 West Papua’”
Green Left Weekly, Aus – “Punks For West Papua: Indonesia’s West Papua Crimes Laid Bare In Award-Winning Doco”
The Brag, Aus – “Five Minutes With Ash Brennan, Producer/Director of Punks For West Papua”
ATTACHED PHOTOGRAPH: (L-R)
Jody Bartolo, Benny Wenda, Ash Brennan
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