06-24 November 2019

POWER MERI

POWER MERI

Pacific Showcase
Joanna Lester

Australia, Papua New Guinea

2018 / 76’ / Hawaii Premiere / Tok Pisin
First feature

POWER MERI
POWER MERI

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?

-Anderson Le

Screenings
Tuesday 12 17:45 - 19:34Regal Dole Cannery 16
Thursday 14 16:15 - 18:04Regal Dole Cannery 15
DirectorJoanna Lester.
CinematographerDavid Lloyd-Lewis.
EditorNikki Stevens.
ProductionMedia Stockade and MADELEINE HETHERTONREBECCA BARRY.

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