The Opposition

A David-and-Goliath battle over a slice of Papua New Guinea paradise, Hollie Fifer’s documentary finally reaches our screens following court action in Australia.

The setting is the stunning peninsula of Paga Hill on Papua New Guinea’s Port Moresby harbour – the paradise everyone wants to claim. Joe Moses, leader of the Paga Hill settlement, must save 3000 people before they are evicted. Battling it out in the courts, Joe may find his four generation-old community replaced with an international five-star hotel and marina. In telling this probing story, the film highlights the massive gap between law and justice.

Australian director Fifer’s documentary was subject to an injunction last year, before a NSW Supreme Court ruling in favour of the production. The lengthy legal dispute raised questions about freedom of speech and the viability of independent filmmaking, quietly echoing Joe’s own struggle to be heard.

 

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Hollie Fifer

Australia

75 mins

English and Tok Pisin with English subtitles

15+

2016

Rebecca Barry, Madeleine Hetherton

US Sales/Festivals: The Film Collaborative | World Sales (ex USA): Berta Film