BOUGAINVILLE DOCUMENTARY WINS GOLD AT U.S. FILM FESTIVAL

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PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (December 17, 1998 - PACNEWS)---A documentary on the Bougainville conflict by Australian film maker, Wayne Coles-Janess, has won a Gold Award at the recent Flagstaff International Film Festival in Houston, Texas, USA.

The festival received over 1,850 category entries from 28 countries around the world.

Titled "Our Island, Our Fight," the documentary was produced, filmed and edited by Wayne Coles-Janess.

It is the only documentary produced about the 10-year Bougainville war, the only filmed interview with Bougainville Revolutionary Army leader Francis Ona, and the only record of life for refugees in the jungle and dramatic front line footage of Bougainville's fight for independence.

The documentary received awards at a number of international and local film festivals throughout 1998, the Flagstaff Gold being the most recent.

Coles-Janess has just returned from Turkey's Antalya Golden Orange International Film Festival, where "Our Island, Our Fight" was the only documentary to screen in the International Special Screenings with such Australian Features as Head On, The Well, Doing Time for Patsy Cline and The Road to Nhil.

Earlier this year, the documentary screened at the Chicago International Film Festival and received a Golden Plaque Award (video) in the documentary division. It won Best Documentary at the Bathurst Film Festival. It screened at the St. Kilda Film Festival and was the winner of Best Achievement in Video Production.

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