The Opposition

  • 9 10
  • 2016
  • 76min
The Opposition
  • English
  • French

The Opposition is an investigative documentary set in Papua New Guinea that follows local leader Joe Moses’ struggle to save his 3,000 strong community before they are forcibly evicted from their homes. Despite betrayals, police brutality and risks to his own life, Joe battles through the courts for three years fighting those who want to take away his community’s home.

The Opposition
  • English
  • French
Awards

AWARDS: Winner. Ozflix Independent Film Awards/ 

OFFICIAL SELECTIONS: Hot Docs Canada/ IDFA/ Doc Edge Film Festival/ AFI DOCS/ CPH:DOX/ Docu Days UA/ FIFO/ Sydney Film Festival/ Human Rights Human Wrongs/ Human Rights, Arts and Film Festival/ Asia Pacific Screen Award Best Documentary/ Film Festival Diritti Umani Luqano/ HIFF/ Anuu-ru Aboro/ Screen Producers Australia Awards/ Faroe Islands International Film Festival

The Opposition. When no-one is above the law

Mothers Day, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 2012: 100 policemen wielding machetes and guns descend on the Paga Hill Settlement to bulldoze their houses to the ground. Residents are beaten, cut with machetes; the policemen open fire on the crowd. In the melle, Dame Carol Kidu and the Leader of the Opposition Government in Papua New Guinea, there pro testing to protect the human rights of the community, is taken away by police.

This brutal demolition is to make way for the new multi-million ‘master planned development’ which will include a five star hotel, marina wharf and executive residentia apartments - ‘a new precedent in PNG’. The Opposition is an investigative documentary set in Papua New Guinea where Joe Moses struggles to save his 3,000 strong community before they are forcibly evicted.

Despite betrayals, police brutality and risks to his own life, Joe battles through the courts for three years fighting the companies who want to take away his community’s home. As the struggle unfolds, Joe recruits a coalition of allies including Dame Carol Kidu, investigator Dr. Kristian Lasslett and a motivated team of pro-bono lawyers.

Hollie Fifer
Hollie Fifer Director

Production Companies

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