The gypsy brewers of Camperdown are providing precious beer and support for screenings of an award-winning documentary garnering awareness for our downtrodden northern neighbours.
Punks for West Papua was produced to document the plight of the natives of western Papua New Guinea, who have experienced atrocities due to their cultural differences with the world’s largest Muslim population.
“Wayward Brewery donated a keg of beer to the original screening of the film,” explained Hired Gun TV Productions’ Anthony Brennan.
“After watching Punks for West Papua, Mikey [Lowe] felt he needed to do more to raise awareness about the ongoing genocide of the West Papuans at the hands of the Indonesian military.”
The craft former gypsy brewers, cosy in their new custom digs in Camperdown, are backing a series of screenings of the film around the country. Kicking off in Darwin tomorrow, the roadshow will continue to Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth before returning to Sydney.
Sydney University will screen Punks on 24 May, and Wayward Brewery will show it in-house on 6 April.
Following its Award of Merit at San Diego’s IndieFEST, the film recently achieved official selection for the Hollywood International Independent Film Awards.
Benny Wenda, leader of the Free West Papua Campaign praised the help and attention it has brought.
“The documentary is fantastic. It’s helping to bring our voices to a whole new audience. It’s helping the world to wake up,” she said.
Punks for West Papua can be purchased or rented online at www.punks4westpapua.com. Tickets to the screenings are $10.
All money raised will go to support the Free West Papua campaign.