Filmmaker and photographer Vlad Sokhin meets a survivor of violence against women in Papua New Guinea, Dini Korul. Korul lives in the Highlands region and was attacked after being accused of sorcery. The film was produced by duckrabbit alongside an hour-long documentary “Open Eye – Crying Meri” for the BBC World Service that can be heard here.
Same story is available on Duckrabbit’s web-site:
Papua New Guinea may not be thought of as a traditional conflict zone but the fact is that systemic and often brutal violence is perpetrated with impunity against half of the population: women.
The situation is so bad that Médecins Sans Frontières put out a statement in 2013 declaring that the violence against women constituted a ‘humanitarian crisis’ with prevalence rates ‘only seen in war-zones’. This is an unseen, barely reported conflict, taking place mainly behind closed doors, often with fatal consequences and for which there is no recourse to justice.
Radio documentary “Open Eye – Crying Meri” will be broadcasted on ABC Australia on Sunday, August 10th at 10 am.
The documentary was produced for the BBC by Duckrabbit and tells stories of women of Papua New Guinea who are experiencing extreme levels of violence towards them
Papua New Guinea is better known in Brazil by the idyllic scenery and native culture. How have you had contact with another feature of the country, the brutal violence against women?
VS: It is true that Papua New Guinea has amazing nature, culture, more than 800 languages and thousands traditions. But at the same time it is one of the countries in the world with highest levels of violence against women. When I read reports about it I was shocked. And I was surprised to find little photo evidence of that too. Basically photographers go to PNG to cover all those festivals, but almost no one documented the other side of life in PNG, the one that is horrible for the women of the country. So I decided to go there and try to do it myself. That is how “Crying Meri”project was born.
Check out my new photo-essay “Being Gay in Papua New Guinea” published in August 2014 issue of Life Force Magazine:
In Papua New Guinea where homosexuality is illegal, Hanuabada village is one of few places where gay and transgender men can live in safety. Elsewhere gays are targeted and physical and sexual assaults are common.
You can watch multimedia film “Guavas and Bananas” on the same topic here.