Inside Bougainville

$1,145 of $10,000 goal

Raised by 11 people in 26 months
‘Inside Bougainville’ is a new film by local filmmaker Clive Porabou founder of Eel films. It follows on from his previous films bringing voices and culture from Bougainville to the world intertwined with the ongoing issues of mining and independence with reconciliation and custom. The objective of this funding campaign is to support Eel films toward finishing and touring the film. 

During the 1990’s a terrible conflict ensued on the magnificent Island of Bougainville sparked by environmental damage caused by Rio Tinto’s massive gold and copper mine. Up to 20,000 people where killed because Rio Tinto with support from the Australian and Papua New Guinea governments attempted to force the reopening of Panguna mine after it was shut down by Bougainvillean’s. Today the mine remains closed but Rio Tinto has tried to wipe the blood off its hands by giving away its majority shares in Bougainville Copper to the PNG government and the Autonomous Bougainville Government (ABG). Bougainville is striving for Independence from PNG, seeking ways to support its economy and government that doesn’t rely on neo-colonial large -scale foreign-profit driven mining that caused so much bloodshed.

This project is raising much needed funds for Eel films - founded and directed by well known Bougainvillean fimaker; Clive Porabou. Clive fought for his Island, now he shoots with a camera and microphone, recording his people's issues and bringing their messages to the world. Running on little funding and raw passion for self-taught filmmaking, Clive gets support from his Wontoks (extended family) who regularly buy his DVD’s and music video’s, combined with the generosity of friends and supporters from around the world. He wishes to finish, produce and tour his 4th documentary; Inside Bougainville. This production brings unique people and culture to the screen reiterating history from archives combined with a truly Bougainvillean narrative revealing current affairs in Bougainville only possible from the inside.

Eel Films has produced the following films made available for you to get an idea of what’s involved;

 1) The Panguna Mine Dilemma -2008

2) Saving Our Land – 2011 [Trailer]

3) Bougainville After the War -2012 - Pt 1 & 2

 4) Inside Bougainville-2016 [Trailer] Full film forthcoming with your contribution…

You can also keep up to date and scroll through the news achives with Clives Blog; Mekamui News .  

For further interest take a look at some of Clive’s other work,  behind and in front of the camera, including music videos and the Bougainville chapter of a joint project with Solomon Islanders called;
Mining the Future? -2013
and Panguna Voices - 2014. 

Myself; Daniel Jones from Sydney is managing this funding project due to internet access being limited and expensive on Bougainville where Clive works from his village studio in the hills of Arawa.  A long time friend of Clive’s, I (together with amazingly generous contributions from people like you!) successfully delivered a project providing Eel films with solar power for the studio in 2012 .  

The estimated budget breakdown of the project is as follows;

$3000 - Upgrades and repairs to tired equipment including to a Mac Book Pro with licensed software updates needed, hard drives and digital video storage and recording capacity.

$2000 - DVD production of the completed film to be made available for marketing and sales.

$5000 - Travel expenses during the making of the film and for the launch of the film tour to Australia and New Zealand in early 2017.

Contributors of $500 or more to the project will be posted a book (and a Eel Films DVD set, see bellow). ‘Running with Rebels’: behind the lies in Bougainville’s hidden war was written from the experiences of the late Waratah Rosemarie Gillespie. Waratah bought medicines to Bougainville and got information out the world media during the height of the war. Her bravery and dedication to Bougainville will forever be remembered and honoured by the people she helped.

Contributors of $300 or more will be posted a Eel Films DVD set (including the competed current film) along with extra films only available through this project.

Contributors of $100 or more will be posted the completed film-Inside Bougainville.

Thankyou for taking the time to look at this project and hopefully watch some of the films. Even small contributions make a big difference to getting the film competed. 

 If you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact Clive or myself through Facebook. 


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Hi Lovely Supporters and friends
I am pleased to announce I have had 100 DVDs of Clive's film produced!
I will contact you personally to get the film sent to you. We are still working out details of Clive's visit to Australia hopefully before the end of the year. I will keep you updated on upcoming events and screenings. Thanks again for your generous support.
Kind regards
The new DVD coming to you!
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An update from Clive;

Dear friends and supporters am very please indeed to thank you one and all for the support u have given in what ever means towards my forth film for the International Audience title "Inside Bougainville" Now I am in my motherland Mekamui or Bougainville when I go back to the Solomon Islands where I do most of the editing will go through again on the timeline and come up with a final cut or film which should be before Christmas or end of the this year. I will then apply for a Visa to go to Australia for launching and screening. Your support brings the news of the unheard to the world. Once again thank you or tampara in my Nasioi language for Central Bougainville. Greetings from Mekamui, Bougainville..Clive

Thanks Clive and Thanks to all the supports for sharing their interest and generosity. Absolutely right to the latest supporter 'what happened to Bougainville was absolutely wrong'!

This crowd funder works without having to reach the final target so we can continue to raise funds while utilising what has been gifted. The first instalment has been received by Clive which included everyones donation except Caroline's, yours will be sent in the next round, Thanks :D. Those donations came to $925 Wow! amazing generosity. After the crowd funding fee of 5% and taxes the amount sent was $860au which equates to $2080 PNG Kina or $5125 Solomon Islands dollars. These funds will go a long way to getting the 'timeline' as Clive says, done and full of awesome content strait from the people, their voices, their land and sea from throughout the bio region.
Tampara yumi lukim olgeta gud filum bihain taim :Dan
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Tampara! Nasioi language greeting and thank you from Central Bougainville. What great start to the campaign! blessings to you lovely people who contributed generous funds; Kylie, Garry, Liesha, Freya and Chell. Big thanks to everyone who shared the project and had a look at the films. Much appreciated :D
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Inside Bougainville Launched Today!
Daniel Jones, Kevin Wilson and Christina
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Raised by 11 people in 26 months
Created September 27, 2016
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Caroline Le Couteur
25 months ago

What has happened to Bouganville is just wrong. Thank you for producing your DVD

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Garry Kelly
26 months ago

Good work mate

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