by Kiwiana Ngabung – EMTV Online, Port Moresby
This year marks the 75th anniversary of the days when Papua New Guinea, Australia and New Zealand worked together, particularly during the Battle of Kokoda – a historic event for the country.
We’ve heard many stories about those that had been there to fight and help, and now we can watch it through the local production of a documentary.
The new documentary produced by Emtek Multimedia in association with EMTV, and supported by the PNG Tourism Promotion Authority, will be premiering in Paradise Cinemas – Vision City on September 8.
The film, Fuzzy Wuzzy: Beyond The Legend, digs into the past, absorbs the present and hopes for the future of the acclaimed Kokoda Track. It tells the story of the Battle of Kokoda through the eyes of a Papua New Guinean.
“Papua New Guineans were not just carriers. They were also soldiers.”
The Battle of Kokoda had reached its peak during World War II when Japanese soldiers had taken over the shores of Buna, Oro Province, and were making their way to capture Port Moresby. But that had not happened as the tight alliance of people from Papua New Guinea, Australia and NZ had brought a stop to their motive.
The 40-minute documentary also captures the legacy of the roles Papua New Guineans played in supporting the Australian and NZ military, and fighting against the Japanese. And shows an appreciation of the deep history PNG played in World War II.
Tickets for the screening at Paradise Cinemas are K10 and all are encouraged to watch for a look into a part of PNG history.
In related news, Kokoda Day which falls on November 9, at the Kokoda Station and Isurava Memorial will have activities organised by the PNG TPA in commemoration of the Kokoda 75th Anniversary.