Renagi Taukarai is directing the Manus film. Renagi is a Producer/Director with video production company ‘One Productions’ in Port Moresby. She has a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts from Divine Word University, PNG (2008). While her work experience has largely been in Radio, her passion lies in filmmaking, especially documentary filmmaking.
To see and interview with Renagi please follow the link: https://vimeo.com/72009682
Klinit Barry is directing the Markham film. Klinit is from the Eastern Highlands Province of Papua New Guinea and works as an Administration Officer at the University of Goroka with the Centre for Social and Creative Media. During her time at the University of Goroka she has worked on both local and international research projects. These include the Hailands to Ailans art exhibition in London and Victoria, Canada, and the Ritual Seduction: Bird of Paradise exhibition at the Australian Museum, Sydney. More recently she assisted on media research projects such as the Yumi Piksa, Komuniti Tok Piksa, and now, the Pawa Meri project. She is excited to be involved with this ground-breaking project as a director to promote powerful and strong women of Papua New Guinea.
Llane Munau is directing the Bougainville film. Llane is from Arawa in Bougainville Province. She currently lives in Goroka and works with the National Film Institute as the Director of Photography. Llane graduated with a Bachelor in Journalism from Divine Word University in Madang, her final year dissertation on the rise and decline of cinematography in PNG. She is passionate about the history of films in PNG and the role that early films played in uniting a country of over 800 cultures and languages. Llane is a self-taught filmmaker and is used to filling all the production roles herself. This is the first directing role were she will be working work with a crew. Llane is looking forward to learning from and collaborating with the production team. She has been passionate about film and television from an early age and feels being part of a group of Papua New Guinea women filmmakers in this project is very encouraging.
To see an interview with Llane please follow the link: https://vimeo.com/71945738
Joys Eggins is directing the Port Moresby film. Joys is from the Western Highlands of Papua New Guinea. Joys has a Master of Arts degree in Melanesian Perspectives. Joys works as a researcher with the Centre for Social and Creative Media (CSCM) at Goroka University. Previously she worked at the Divine Word University as a Senior Tutor with the Communication Arts (Journalism) Department. She hopes to use her insights of an indigenous Melanesian research approach to visual project implementation as a basis to carry out and advise current and future filmmaking in PNG and the South Pacific region.
Janet Munaup is directing the Goroka film. Janet comes from Erap in the Morobe Province of Papua New Guinea. She graduated from Flinders University with a Masters of Creative Arts, specializing in acting and stage directing and holds a Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Goroka (UOG). She has ten years teaching drama and dance (performing arts) experience with UOG. She was a recipient of this prestigious award, Prime Minister Pacific Australia award in 2010. This award came with two to three months work attachment in Australia. Ms Munaup was attached to the Windmill Theatre Company in Adelaide, South Australia in 2011.
Ruth Ketau is the Director for the Daru film. Ruth is from the Eastern Highlands and resides in Goroka. She is a Senior Video Editor at the National Film Institute which is funded by the National Cultural Commission of Papua New Guinea. Ruth researched, filmed, directed and edited her first ethnographic documentary film titled “THE LAST REAL MEN”. The documentary explores Ruth’s journey into the men’s world to revive her people’s cultural male rituals of nose bleeding and cane swallowing. The Last Real Men was launched at the National Symposium on Culture and Arts in Development, in Port Moresby in November, 2012. Ruth’s latest film, a political documentary, titled “JULIE the Governor”, highlights Julie Soso’s journey in the 2012 National elections.