Background

The Opposition

Type Feature Documentary
Company Beacon Films Pty Ltd
Length 76
Director Hollie Fifer
Producer Rebecca Barry, Madeleine Hetherton
Synopsis

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.

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 residential apartments - ‘a new precedent in PNG’.

The Opposition is an investigative documentary set in Papua New Guinea where Joe Mose 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.