BIKPELA BAGARAP (Big Damage)| 42mins
Director: David Fedele | Producer: David Fedele
Focus Years: 2011 | Country: Australia
"Bikpela Bagarap (Big Damage) reveals the human face of logging in Papua New Guinea.
It is a tale of exploitation and broken promises, where local people are treated as second-rate citizens in their own country by Malaysian logging companies and corrupt politicians.
Customary landowners are forced into signing documents they donâ€™t understand, for the promise of â€œdevelopmentâ€ â€“ fresh water, health and education, but these essential services are rarely provided. Instead, their traditional hunting grounds are destroyed, waterways polluted, and their way of life ruined forever."
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