Series on cultures on film


THE first Papua New Guinea culture series documentary for Southern Highlands, which aims to preserve extinct cultures in the country, is set to be released at the Sir John Guise Stadium Indoor Complex on Nov 30.
The 90-minute documentary is about the culture of Southern Highlands, people, their trade routes, their tok ples (language), their bilas (dress), their habits and habitats including their hausman (hierarchical and initiation system).
It features village elders and prominent people in the province who spoke about their cultures and traditions.
PNG Computing and Communications Institute (CCIPNG) general manager Sivalinga Guruprasad said the documentary was the first of many to come and it would be released during the Native Arts and Fashion Academy (Nafa) night.
“The documentary is going to be part of the bigger programme for Nafa night which will be held on Nov 30 with Prime Minister James Marape doing the honour of releasing the documentary,” Guruprasad said.
“PNG culture series Southern Highlands Province’ is one of the first cultural series brought together by the Big Rooster Group along with Nafa, Kina Culture Group, CCIPNG and Melanesian Media Limited (MML).”
The sole sponsor of the documentary, Big Rooster Group, were grateful to be part of the documenting of cultures and traditions of PNG.
Big Rooster chairman Salim Chamadia said the fast food operator would allow possible resources needed to make sure PNG’s identity was preserved for future generations. “We at Big Rooster are more than happy to support documenting of cultures that is important to PNG,” he said.