Jendela Papua: a window on Papua.
Important films are rarely as enjoyable as this. Welcome to the first film from the Jendela Papua collective, a group devoted to helping Papuans produce their own images. And this initial work is a particularly sweet surprise. Faced with an arranged marriage to an older man, Orpa flees her Papuan village in order to continue with her education. She falls in with Ryan, a stranded Javanese musician who is all at sea in the jungle. In the best traditions of the road movie, they seem at first to represent complete opposites (Papuan/Javanese, urban/rural, male/female) but their utopian journey holds out the possibilities of transcending these limitations and laying the basis for mutual respect and understanding.
“Orpa's DIY spontaneity and effortless humor will surely surprise many Western viewers … one of the most delightful finds of Amsterdam's Cinemasia festival.” (Asian Movie Pulse)
“This film encapsulates the challenges faced by a young woman as she strives to carve her own path, breaking free from the constraints of societal expectations and traditional norms. Set against the backdrop of the captivating Papua Island, the filmmaker brings an authentic perspective to the narrative. It is a compelling exploration of personal growth and empowerment, highlighting the unique experiences and struggles of individuals in this region.” (Bali International Film Festival Jury Statement)
This film is co-presented in partnership with the Adelaide Festival Centre’s OzAsia Festival