$5.00 from each ticket sold will be contributed towards Aid/Watch and Jubilee Australia’s work to seek justice for the Paga Hill Community and ensure that Australia’s aid money does not support projects profiting from human rights abuses and corruption. A Q&A will follow the film - MC - Antony Loewenstein - Antony Loewenstein is an independent journalist, author of Disaster Capitalism and writer of the forthcoming documentary, Disaster Capitalism. Brynn O’Brien - Business and Human Rights Advisor, Jubilee Australia Nat Lowery - Co ordinator AID/Watch Hollie Fifer - Director of The Opposition
Mothers Day, Port Moresby, Papua New Guinea 2012: 100 policemen wielding machetes and guns descend on the Paga Hill Settlement to bulldoze their houses to the ground. Residents are beaten, cut with machetes; the policemen open fire on the crowd. In the melle, Dame Carol Kidu who is the Leader of the Opposition Government in Papua New Guinea, is on the scene protesting to protect the human rights of the community and is subsequently taken away by police. This brutal demolition is to make way for the new multi-million ‘master planned development’ which will include a five star hotel, marina wharf and executive residential apartments - ‘a new precedent in PNG’. The Opposition is an investigative documentary set in Papua New Guinea where Joe Moses struggles to save his 3,000 strong community before they are forcibly evicted. Despite betrayals, police brutality and risks to his own life, Joe battles through the courts for three years fighting the companies who want to take away his community’s home. As the struggle unfolds, Joe recruits a coalition of allies including Dame Carol Kidu, investigator Dr. Kristian Lasslett and a motivated team of pro-bono lawyers.