The Resource PNG: The Rules of the Game, (online streaming)

PNG: The Rules of the Game, (online streaming)

Label
PNG: The Rules of the Game
Title
PNG: The Rules of the Game
Contributor
Subject
Summary
In Iraq, the battle for democracy means daily horror and bloodshed. In PNG's recent election, amid fears of violence, murder and mayhem and accusations of rampant corruption on a vast scale "¦ a powerful white businessman, a traditional PNG coffee magnate and a woman who owns a chicken market "¦ offered carbon trading, worthless shares in a corporation exporting coffee beans to California, and a car-load of loaves of white bread as inducements to vote - and to vote peacefully. How do you impose Western democracy on a land of 800 nations - and no sense of being a single country? How do you get people who speak 35% of the world's languages to speak with one voice about their own affairs? How do you convince the people of Papua New Guinea that Western democracy is such a great idea, anyway, when they have been practicing their own form of proto-democracy for thousands and thousands of years? It is just about impossible. As much as Papuan New Guineans love the electoral process; as much as they have an effortless grasp of the most arcane mechanics of modern elections - such as preferential voting - PNG remains almost ungovernable from the point of view of the West. Since independence 30 years ago, at each election about 80% of the sitting members are thrown out - and PNG starts again. And in that time, every election has been more violent and murderous than the one before. In 2002, more than 60 people died. In 2007, the up-coming election in July seems set to even more tumultuous than anything that had gone before. This front-story of this film follows the fortunes of three candidates in the Eastern Highlands : Mal Kela Smith, the incumbent governor of Eastern Highlands Province, the hard-swearing former Vietnam helicopter pilot who has built an air freight empire stretching from the Pacific to the near Middle East and has become seriously rich - and deeply concerned about corruption; Julie Soso, one of the most powerful land-owning women in the region, who says the white men have failed to govern her country of 800 nations, and the black men have failed, too, so it's time for women to run PNG - women like her; And Jon Yogiyo, the 'Coffee Candidate', the local coffee-growing magnate who wants to return to the days of the village Big Man, and run PNG as it was run before the coming of the Australian colonialists. The back-story deals with this strange experiment in democracy when the notion of 'exporting' democracy is at the heart of current international conflict. It touches on the gorgeous ethnographic history of first contact and of the age-old village Big Man system, and on the culture of 'wontok', whereby every PNG politician owes absolutely fealty to his language group. Perhaps as Prime Minister Michael Somare says, it is Western arrogance to complain of lawlessness - "One man's corruption is another man's culture," he says - but modern PNG and modern Papuan New Guineans are desperate to find a way of governing that works - and that can deal with the sort of issues that highland valley Big Men would never have dreamed of - like AIDS and wholesale destruction of the environment by multinational logging, mining and oil-drilling corporations. Director/DOP: Thom Cookes Producer: John Lewis ATOM Study Guide included
Cataloging source
VDU
Characteristic
videorecording
Date time place
Originally produced by Arcimedia in 2007
Language note
In English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Kanopy (Firm)
Runtime
52
Technique
live action
Label
PNG: The Rules of the Game, (online streaming)
Link
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1069398
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1069398
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)921956471
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other
Label
PNG: The Rules of the Game, (online streaming)
Link
Publication
Note
  • Title from title frames
  • In Process Record
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Configuration of playback channels
unknown
Content category
two-dimensional moving image
Content type code
tdi
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
kan1069398
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (streaming video file)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Medium for sound
other
Publisher number
1069398
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
sound
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • other
  • remote
System control number
(OCoLC)921956471
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Video recording format
other

Library Locations

    • Lionel Bowen Library and Community CentreBorrow it
      669-673 Anzac Parade, Marouba, NSW, 2035, AU
      -33.938111 151.237977
Processing Feedback ...