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An Evergreen Island (2000)


In 1989 the people of Bougainville Island objected to the copper mining that had caused vast environmental damage to the island. They formed the Bougainville Revolutionary Army. The war lasted nine years and the people learned to adapt and survive despite the blockade by the government of Papua New Guinea. Through interviews with the islanders the film tells their story and looks at how they survived and triumphed.

Curator’s notes

Using only interviews, and some film of the islanders going about their daily activities, the filmmakers Fabio Cavadini and Mandy King have produced a delightful story of the triumph of the human spirit. They have also reflected the cooperative nature of the people of Bougainville by taking only camera, sound and editing credits on the film.