Film about PNG Orchids receives international recognition

15th February 2019, 15:28

A documentary film and radio story about Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby league team, the Orchids, are receiving international recognition for shining a light on the social impact of women’s sport and fostering community discussion about gender-based violence and female leadership.

Both media projects were supported by the Australian Government through the Pacific Sports Partnerships program and are bringing the stories of Pacific women’s sport to new, global audiences.

ABC journalist Aaron Kearney’s radio report, Orchids Bloom, recently picked up the silver medal for audio storytelling at the International Sports Press Association (AIPS) Sports Media Awards in Switzerland, while Power Meri (Powerful Women), a documentary feature film about the Orchids, was selected for the prestigious Oceania International Film Festival (FIFO) in Tahiti this month and will be screening across Australia and PNG in March for International Women’s Day.

The Australian Government is one of the film’s funding partners, along with the US State Department, the National Rugby League (NRL), Screen Australia, ABC International Development and Oil Search.

Power Meri will screen in selected Australian cinemas on 6 March 2019 ahead of International Women’s Day. You can find details and locations at Demand Film.

You can listen to Orchids Bloom on Soundcloud.