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NEW CALEDONIA: Filmmaker completes mining doco Cap Bocage

Filmmaker Jim Marbrook takes time out with clan chief Jojo Neporo, who visited the Pacific Media Centre in Auckland in 2013. Image: Jim Marbrook/PMC

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

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AUCKLAND (AUT University / Pacific Media Watch): A ground-breaking new investigative documentary about nickel mining on indigenous Kanak land and the environment in New Caledonia, Cap Bocage, will be released mid-year and feature in the Pacific Journalism Review political reportage conference in November.

Filmmaker Jim Marbrook, a television and screen production lecturer at AUT University, returned to New Caledonia last month to complete the final steps on the documentary.

"The main purpose of the visit was to go back and show the film to some of the participants and to finalise translations and music," Marbrook told Pacific Media Watch.

During the week of his visit, he consulted with experts in the Aije language at the Jean-Marie Tjibaou Centre in Noumea and met with many of participants in the documentary as well as the chief of the tribe of Ba, Gilbert Assawa.

Most of the music in the film has been composed and performed by Kanak musicians and several days of the trip were dedicated to catching up with them and finalising the music.

This music includes items that showcase the famous polyharmonies of Melanesian choral music and also tracks from the late Jacques “Kiki” Kare the revered activist, journalist and musician.

The documentary was the first project awarded a development grant by the then newly established Pacific Media Centre in 2007. The project also received other grants, including from the Creative New Zealand Fund.

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 Musician and activist Vincent Eurisouké performs Kanaky Mon Beau Pays at the mourning ceremony for a local pastor. Image: Jim Marbrook/PMC

Yamel Euritein, an Aije language consultant, takes a break from the Yam festival to watch the Cap Bocage documentary. Image: Jim Marbrook/PMC

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Jim Marbrook

PMC Research Project,

An AUT University television ledcturer and a filmmaker whose documentaries and short films have won international prizes.

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Pacific Media Watch

PMC's media monitoring service

Pacific Media Watch is compiled for the Pacific Media Centre as a regional media freedom and educational resource by a network of journalists, students, stringers and commentators.
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