Pacific ShowcaseJoanna Lester
Australia, Papua New Guinea
POWER MERI follows Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia. These trailblazers must beat not only the sporting competition, but also intense sexism, a lack of funding, and national prejudice to reach their biggest stage yet. Proud, strong and hopeful, the pioneering women in the PNG Orchids team have overcome more challenges than most to play their much-loved national sport. But after years at the grassroots level, they have just three months to transform themselves into a competitive national team.
But their mission is greater than winning. In a country with appalling rates of domestic violence, sport is one of the few arenas in which PNG women can show their strength. If they can perform like men on the rugby field, can they change attitudes about the treatment and status of women back home?
|Tuesday 12||17:45 - 19:34||Regal Dole Cannery 16|
|Thursday 14||16:15 - 18:04||Regal Dole Cannery 15|
|Production||Media Stockade and MADELEINE HETHERTONREBECCA BARRY.|