Ophir (2020)

  • 2020
  • Documentary
  • 1h 37m

Ophir tells the story of Bougainville and its people, who hope for peace, freedom and protection.

Ophir describes the attempts of an Australian-owned mining company to take over the residents of Bougainville, to legislate away their rights to life and the things that sustain that life.

The beauty, poetry and philosophy of the residents of Bougainville contrast with the dirt of the mining company and the businesses who exploit every possible loophole in their quest to destroy land. A dramatic ode to the indelible thirst for freedom, culture and sovereignty offers a gripping exposition of the visible and invisible chains of colonisation.

Director

Olivier Pollet

Director

Alexandre Berman

Languages

English, Tok Pidgin, Nasioi with English subtitles

Countries

France, UK

Bonus Content

Pre-show package including short intro by filmmaker Olivier Pollet.
5m

For the full festival experience, we encourage you to first watch our Bonus Content material, which showcases some of our partners and includes a short introduction by filmmaker Olivier Pollet.

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