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June 29, 2022
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‘Into the Jungle’ premieres in Australia

By Lilian Keneqa – EMTV News, Port Moresby

Officially premiered in Australia, a feature documentary filmed in PNG, called ‘Into the Jungle’ tells the story of a couple that not only save an extinct species of tree kangaroos, but also make an unexpected impact in their community.

Because of this, today, over 10 thousand people living in the Torricelli Mountains of West Sepik Province in PNG, have access to clean water and sanitation.

Set in the steamy jungles of Papua New Guinea, ‘Into the Jungle’ follows the story of an Australian couple that committed their lives to save an endangered species of tree kangaroos.

However, an unexpected turn of events has the couple not only saving the tree kangaroos, but also helping more than 10 thousand people living in the Torricelli Mountains receive proper water and sanitation – in an area that is extremely remote.

The feature documentary, which took seven (7) years to film, premiered at the Australian Center for the Moving Image (ACMI) Cinema in Melbourne which saw nearly 400 people turn up for the screening.

According to Director and Producer, Mr. Hanlin, feature-length documentaries set in PNG are rarely made.

The wild, remote locations and unpredictable climate and political circumstances present considerable challenges.

Making a film like this provides a unique opportunity not only to profile the amazing environmental work of Jim and Jean Thomas, but also to give the international audience a rare insight into the daily lives of the Papua New Guinean people. 

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