Directed by David Fedele | Documentary | 46 mins | 2011
The story is told through the voice of villagers. 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 don’t understand, for the promise of “development” – fresh water, roads, health and education, but these essential services are rarely provided. Instead, their traditional hunting ground is destroyed, and their traditional way of life is ruined forever.
Filmmaker David Fedele spent almost three months travelling solo in Sandaun Province, Papua New Guinea, in order to film Bikpela Bagarap. Based in Vanimo town, David travelled extensively into the jungle visiting local villages and exploring current and past logging operations. A lot of time was also spent in two of the main logging camps in Sandaun Province – Maka Basecamp and Amanab 56 Basecamp.
David is an Australian documentary filmmaker, currently based in London. A self-confessed cultural and travel addict, David has travelled to almost 40 different countries throughout Australasia, Europe, the Middle East and South America.
Generally travelling alone, he has found that documentary filmmaking is a way to combine his passion for culture and exploring far-flung destinations with his natural ability of story telling. David is especially interested in exploring cultural, humanitarian and social justice issues.