• Strange Birds in Paradise - A West Papuan Story
  • Strange Birds in Paradise - A West Papuan Story
  • Strange Birds in Paradise - A West Papuan Story

Strange Birds in Paradise - A West Papuan Story

by Charlie Hill-Smith New World View

A journey into just a few of the 250 cultures that exist in West Papua. Supplemented by travel reports and interviews, this film portrays the image of a land that has an extraordinary musical tradition and breathtaking scenery. However, the scars of Indonesian suppression are also clearly on display. The director Charlie Hill-Smith visited West Papua on a student exchange programme and has continued to maintain close relationships with its inhabitants ever since. He returned in 2006, this time with a camera and an enormous pool of knowledge about the country and its people. Hill-Smith’s driving force was his curiosity as to how two highly dynamic cultures can fight against each other without the rest of the world caring about it.


  • Genre: Documentary
  • Country, Year: Australia, 2009
  • Runtime: 75 Min
  • Languages: English, Indonesian
  • Subtitles: English
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  • Director: Charlie Hill-Smith
  • Cast: Damian Kingsbury, David Bridie, Donny Roem
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  • Screenplay: Charlie Hill-Smith, David Tiley
  • Cinematography: Angus Kemp
  • Editors: Andrew Brinsmead, Mark Atkin
  • Sound: Mike la Vage
  • Music: David Bridie
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  • Producers: Jamie Nicolai, John Cherry
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  • Production Company: The House of Red Monkey
  • www.strangebirds.com.au
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