[UPDATE: This film will be accompanied by a talk by a West Papuan on the current situation on Bougainville island]
The Bristol Alternatives to Capitalism reading group is hosting a film night on Wednesday 21 July at 8pm at the Factory, Cave Street off Portland Square, St Pauls, Bristol.
The Coconut Revolution is a 2001 multi-award winning documentary film about the struggle of the indigenous peoples in the Bougainville Island, an autonomous region of Papua New Guinea. The movement is described as the “world’s first successful eco-revolution”.
The movie tells the story of the successful uprising of the indigenous peoples of Bougainville Island against the Papua New Guinea army and the mining plans of the RTZ company to exploit their natural resources. The documentary reveals how the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) managed to overcome the blockade strategy carried by the papuan army by using coconut oil as fuel.
The film is about an hour long with a discussion, history, and updates about the Bougainvillians afterwards.
There will be tea and cake!