Breaking Bows and Arrows: A Search for Reconciliation and Forgiveness

Location:Bougainville, Papua New Guinea
Subject:War; Documentary
Length:112 minutes
Format:1/2 inch VHS, DVD
Year Released:2001
Director:Liz Thompson
Producer:Ellenor Cox
Distributor:Firelight Productions; Filmakers Library; Film Australia
Library Code:UHM AV/C VIDEOTAPE 20682
Description:Won United Nations Media Peace Award for Best Television 2002. On the island of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, victims and perpetrators are coming together in traditionally based reconciliation ceremonies after a decade long civil war left the community bitterly divided. In the largest reconciliation ceremony yet to take, BBA follows fighters who have killed each other's families as they come together to break bows and arrows in a traditional gesture of peace. On a more personal journey Francis Boisivere retrieves the bones of a chief he killed, ceremonially returning them to the bereaved wife, Immaculate Atorevi. He seeks forgiveness, she a release from the hatred she harbors. Writer: Liz Thompson. Editor: Stewart Young, Composer: Felicity Fox, Production Company Firelight Productions and Tiger Eye Productions. Produced with the assistance of AFC, NSW FTO, Soros Foundation.
Record No:2429
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