The West Papua FRWP Womens Office in Docklands is hosting an HISTORIC FILM SERIES, and the first film, on 27 June 2021, is Mark Worth’s powerful 2003 documentary Land of the Morning Star. Published by the Australian Broadcasting Commission, this is a sweeping saga of colonial ambition, Cold War sellouts, and indigenous nationalism. Eye witness accounts and rare archival film paint a picture that is intimate in detail but epic in scope, revealing West Papuans’ turbulent history as victims of a vicious land grab by foreign powers. Historical film clips highlight the Dutch-colonial story; contemporary clips the role of the United States, Australia, Indonesia and the United Nations in the radical switch to Indonesian colonialism in 1963.
About Mark Worth
Director Mark Worth, an Australian born in Papua New Guinea, spent his professional life producing radio programs, writing articles and producing documentary films about the West Papuan people and their quest for freedom from the Indonesian government. He was found dead in a hotel room in Sentani (West Papua) on 15 January 2004, just a few days after the ABC advertised ‘Land of the Morning Star’ would be screened across Australia on 2 February. Mark studied at the Victoria College of the Arts where he pioneered the art of ‘guerilla journalism’ and inspired many of the other students, including composer-musician David Bridie. He spent the best part of ten years researching, collecting footage, and interviewing West Papuans for Land of the Morning Star which he described as his “life-time project”.
Remembering Mark Worth (5-min video) by Janet Bel (Producer, Land of the Morning Star) https://dl.nfsa.gov.au/module/359/
The Silencing of Mark Worth (500 words) by Sydney-based Fijian activist Adi Holmes
Sampari, Manarmakeri, and West Papua’s Morning Star flag (1200 words) by Louise Byrne
Sampari, Manarmakeri, and the West Papuans Morning Star flag
The Morning Star in Papua Barat by Nonie Sharpe, in association with Markus Wonggor Kaisiëpo (123 pages + bibliography, Arena Publications, 1994)
The Morning Star in Papua Barat, Nonie Sharp, 1991
Please register at Try Booking at https://www.trybooking.com/BSITV. This has Zoom details for anyone who wishes to participate online. 1:45pm for a 2pm start.
Image: a popular depiction of Manarmakeri