Doors Open at 530pm
Cocktail Reception 6pm-7pm
Film Screening 7pm-8pm
Join Papua New Guinea Tourism Board for a exclusive screening of
DANCING WITH THE PAPUANS- A film chronicling the incredible blend of two worlds united by their shared passion for dance, culture and feathers.
At the invitation of Mundiya Kepanga (a Huli Wigman from the highlands of Papua New Guinea), DANCING WITH THE PAPUANS tells the true story of three French Cabaret dancers who journey to Papua New Guinea for a unique mission--to join Mundiya's village as they compete in the country's largest tribal gathering using the feather-clad women as the tribe's "secret weapon".
After the film screening, guests will enjoy an engaging Q&A with Huli Wigman Mundiya Kepanga and French filmmaker, Marc Dozier on making the film and Mundiya's first time to America.
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Traditionally named Ukuma Mundiya Kepanga, Mundiya was born in the mid-1960s in the heart of the Highlands of Papua New Guinea in a small hut built especially for his birth in Anda Mini, a place located in Telabo. Belonging to the clan Telabo Angi Puria, he is part of the Huli tribe whose members are concentrated around the Tari area in the center of the province of Hela.
Leading a simple and traditional life, his main business has always been growing sweet potatoes and rearing pigs. As a teenager, he grew his hair for 18-months for a ritual wig custom for the initiation of young Huli. Funny and observant, he has a unique perspective on Western society as he has explored Europe in the past. This June will mark his first time in New York.
Tireless globe trotter, Marc Dozier has traversed the four corners of the world covering stories for the celebrated French travel magazine, Grands Reportages where he has served as photoreporter for more than 15 years. After studying literature in his hometown of Grenoble, Marc went on to pursue graphic arts at an unlikely institution-the University of Papua New Guinea in Port Moresby.
Since 1996, Marc has continued to return to "the Land of the Unexpected". Several months are spent each year renewing friendships with his "Papuan brothers" and immersing himself into the tribal madness which sticks to him like a second skin.
Length: 52 mins
Directed by Jean-Marie Barrere and Marc Dozier with the kind participation of Julie Bruyère, Zara Dean and Alexandra Frouin
With the exceptional presence of Mundiya Kepanga * Produced by Eric Gonzales and Marie Pilhan (Planet One)