Femili PNG film screening: Power Meri

Power Meri (Credit: Media Stockade)
Written by Madeleine Flint

Event Details

Join us on November 14 for a screening of the incredible film, Power Meri.

Power Meri follows Papua New Guinea’s first national women’s rugby league team, the PNG Orchids, on their journey to the 2017 World Cup in Australia. Proud, strong and hopeful, these women have overcome more challenges than most to take the field in their much-loved national sport. After years playing at grassroots level with no coaches, funding or support, they have just three months to transform themselves into a competitive national team to take up an invitation to compete on the world stage.

But their mission is greater than winning. In a country with appalling rates of domestic and sexual violence, sport is one of the few arenas in which Papua New Guinean women can show their strength. If they can perform like men on the rugby field, can they change attitudes back home when it comes to the treatment and status of women?

From the roughest suburbs of Port Moresby to the lush PNG highlands, Power Meri takes viewers on a captivating journey through rarely-seen corners of PNG, guided by young Papua New Guinean women who dream of changing their country through sport.

The film will be followed by a Q&A with Orchids Head Coach, David Westley.

Cake stall, tea, and coffee will be available from 5:30pm, and the film will begin at 6:30pm.

All money raised will support Femili PNG to continue to provide much needed support to survivors of family and sexual violence in Papua New Guinea.

General admission: $15
Concession: $10

Purchase tickets here

Madeleine Flint

Madeleine Flint is the Program Officer at the Development Policy Centre. She is currently studying a Masters of International and Community Development at Deakin University, and holds a Bachelor of Laws (Honours) from the ANU. Prior to moving into her current role, Madeleine worked with development organisations in Timor-Leste.

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