Back in 2009, I mentioned a documentary on this blog called ‘Reviens Demain’ or ‘Come Back Tomorrow’. I never actually watched the film, but rather I was commenting on how it was the 3rd election documentary I had come across that was related to the 2007 National Elections in PNG.
Finally after all these years I’ll be watching it tonight in of all places, Brooks Hall at the University of Virginia, courtesy of anthropologist Ira Bashkow, who’s family I am staying with here. So if you’re in the neighbourhood and you want to come tok halo tasol, please do. The film should be starting around 7.30pm. Here’s a little excerpt about the film:
“A film by Eytan Kapon and Andre Iteanu…Seven years after the filming of “Letters to the dead”, this project revives our three characters on another key issue, politics. The campaign revives old rivalries between the three childhood friends, who have chosen different paths.
The lawyer and the priest had decided to stand for the 2007 elections, while the traditionalist grapples with the global economy as he is in possession of a tidy sum of money and he wants to go into business. Andre Iteanu tells the story of ambitions trying to make sense of troubled times in their lives and in which their questions echo ours. For them politics is not a cold and cynical, but an object of hope to be invested in.”
“This film wants to encourage reflection on the relationship between the western world and a
third world [majority world] country. Each character is struggling for a better life, but it is also the struggle of a country with the pressures of development”