Yumi Piksa – Developing a community-responsive way of filmmaking in Melanesia

Thomas, Verena (2011) Yumi Piksa – Developing a community-responsive way of filmmaking in Melanesia. Pacific Journalism Review, 17(2), pp. 27-49.

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This article explores the collaborative application of media and arts-based research practices involving students from the University of Goroka (Papua New Guinea) as co-researchers. It critically examines the processes of developing a community-responsive approach to filmmaking in order to challenge preconceived notions of media and research practice in Papua New Guinea. The analysis draws on results from a film workshop run at the Unviersity of Goroka over a duration of six weeks through which a team designed a Melanesian approach to filmmaking practice. The research study found that stereotypical perceptions and understandings of Papua New Guinea communities could be challenged by respectful and community-responsive ways of making films involving local community members. It presents filmmaking as creating a meaningful space for exploring community relations and practices. Papua New Guinean co-researchers acted to bridge dialogue between rural communities, media technologies and the national and transnational media sphere.

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ID Code: 99652
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Community media, Indigenous research, Filmmaking, Arts-based research, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea
ISSN: 1023-9499
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN CREATIVE ARTS AND WRITING (190000) > FILM TELEVISION AND DIGITAL MEDIA (190200) > Film and Television (190204)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LANGUAGES COMMUNICATION AND CULTURE (200000) > COMMUNICATION AND MEDIA STUDIES (200100) > International and Development Communication (200103)
Divisions: Current > Schools > School of Design
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Creative Industries Faculty
Deposited On: 04 Oct 2016 04:26
Last Modified: 06 Oct 2016 03:46

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