After nearly two years of pre-production delays due to Covid-19 and border restrictions, Director Paul Wolffram and Cinematographer Adam Browne are finally headed for Papua New Guinea to be reunited with Evelyn for the first time in years.
Originally the crew was scheduled to travel to Papua New Guinea in July 2021. The surge of Covid-19 cases in mid-2021, as well as restricted travel to Papua New Guinea saw these plans delayed to 2022. This delay did however, provide the crew with an opportunity to seek further networking and support opportunities from both local and international organisations with an interest in the Pacific and human rights.
Currently, Paul and Adam are scheduled to arrive in Papua New Guinea this week, and will be embarking on a three month-long shoot with Evelyn. In this time Paul and Adam will also be making contact with other Human Rights Defenders and researchers working in the wider regions, and supporting Evelyn in building a robust network of contacts.
Thanks to the success of our recent PledgeMe Campaign, the crew is also able to offer Evelyn additional financial support towards building her safehouse and helping survivors.
Due to the recent political unrest and earthquakes, the New Zealand crew understands that there may be limited contact with the production crew on the ground from time to time. Any further updates received from Paul and Adam on the progress of the production will be communicated on the Sanguma social media channels.
- Shu Run Yap
Producer, Sanguma - Islands of Fear