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It’s estimated as many as 200 people die each year and dozens more are left badly injured.

Source: RNZ


MARIMARI is an intimate and moving documentary of anguish and hope in equal measure. Step into the heart of Papua New Guinea, enter a cinematic journey with courageous indigenous human rights defender, Evelyn Kunda.

An unfiltered view into Evelyn's world as she rescues and rehabilitates survivors of sorcery accusation related violence (SARV). A verité style film that provides access to a world in which this new practice of sorcery violence wreaks havoc on the lives of many innocent people in the Pacific.

MARIMARI captures Evelyn’s tireless efforts, revealing a story that's compelling, richly nuanced, and leaves the viewer with a blend of fear, admiration, and a deep understanding of a woman who risks it all for her people.

MARIMARI is a call to action, as the communities of the largest Pacific island deal with rapid social change - brought about through globalization, mining, and economic pressures - the most vulnerable are being tortured and burned alive.

Evelyn Kunda

Evelyn Kunda became a human rights defender when she saw what was happening around her in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. People are being forced to leave their villages accused of ‘sanguma’ - witchcraft and sorcery. Many are tortured and even killed in their villages, but those that do escape, find themselves alone and desperate. Evelyn is determined to do all she can to help these survivors.

Evelyn gives everything she can to support, house, and rehabilitate the often traumatised survivors that she takes under her wing. Her work is dangerous, unfunded, and desperately needed.

Impact Project

We set out to make a film that informs the world about what is occurring in the highlands of Papua New Guinea. MARIMARI does this through a captivating personal narrative. The documentary seeks to contribute to improving the lives of survivors, and the indigenous female human rights defenders who risk their lives to rescue and rehabilitate those survivors. We have the long term goal of raising $80,000 (NZD) by the end of 2026 to help secure land for Evelyn and a Safehouse. 

We are also producing a series of short social media videos aimed at communicating an anti-violence message in the local language for audiences in Papua New Guinea. Find out more about these videos below.

Viewers moved by MARIMARI are invited to contribute to helping Evelyn to buy land on which to establish a safe house. All proceeds gathered here go directly to supporting Evelyn Kunda’s Safehouse and bringing an end to sorcery accusation related violence .

If you are interested in running a private fundraising screening, proceeds can be split for charity, please get in touch. 

Here on the website you are able to donate directly to an OpenCollective for Evelyn’s Safehouse.

Our Impact Goals

  • Raise awareness about sorcery accusation related violence in the Pacific through the feature documentary MARIMARI.
  • Develop a series of in-country resources designed to combat sorcery accusation related violence.
  • Connect our audience with our partners who are carrying out humanitarian work in PNG.
  • Connect our audience with further information and resources about stopping sorcery violence.
  • Support Evelyn Kunda to build a permanent Safehouse on secure land.
  • In alignment with the United Nation's Sustainable Development Goal, to empower the women whose lives are affected by sorcery violence in the Pacific

Social Media Videos

The MARIMARI team are developing a series of public services, and social media videos that aim to reduce sorcery accusation related violence in Papua New Guinea. 

It can be very difficult to change people’s belief systems and the belief in what is widely known in PNG as ‘sanguma’ (sorcery) is difficult to shift. Research shows that it is better to ‘crowd out’ the sanguma explanations of death or misfortune with alternative narratives. In instances where sanguma is being used as a causal explanation following a death, it is much more effective to raise doubt by offering alternative explanations rather than opposing the sorcery explanation directly. 

We also know that direct empathetic appeals can also be effective. Asking people to think about how they would react if their sister, mother, or aunty was accused can also help people to reconsider violent action. 

We know that most of the perpetrators of sorcery violence are young men. The actions of these young men are often implicitly or even explicitly endorsed by senior member of the community.  

Young people in PNG are accessing the internet and social media via their phones. We are in the process of creating a series of short social media and public service videos that address this audience directly. Using a combination of direct appeals, short entertaining videos, and alternative explanations, we aim to contribute to the reduction of violence in communities.  

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