The Road to Home

53 mins  |  2015  |  16:9

Producer, director, camera & editor

The Road to Home is an award-winning documentary about Benny Wenda, the exiled leader of West Papua’s independence movement. He has twice been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize and is also a recipient of the Freedom of Oxford.

A leading figure in the resistance of Indonesia’s colonial occupation of West Papua, Benny Wenda was arrested and placed on trial by the Indonesian Government in 2002 following a crackdown on pro-independence figures in the restive region. During his trial he launched a miraculous escape from prison, walking for weeks through the jungle before finally reaching the safety of neighbouring Papua New Guinea. He was later granted political asylum in the UK by the British Government, and now resides in Oxford from where he leads the global campaign for West Papua’s independence.

Filmed over a two year period and with exclusive access, The Road To Home provides a rare insight into Benny Wenda’s tireless work to liberate the people of West Papua from the colonial rule of Indonesia and highlights why he continues to be a thorn in the side of the Indonesian authorities.

The documentary follows him on his 2013 Freedom Tour to the United States, Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea, where he lobbies members of US congress, causes a diplomatic spat in New Zealand and visits the refugee camp in Papua New Guinea where he had sought refuge years earlier.

The Road to Home was awarded ‘Best Documentary’ at the Amsterdam Film Festival and has screened on national TV in Australia and Papua New Guinea.

Awards:

Best Documentary – Amsterdam Film Festival, 2016

Watch:

Available on DVD

www.theroadtohomefilm.com

Film festival screenings:

Origins Festival of First Nations, London, UK, 2015
Native Spirit Film Festival, London, UK, 2015
Pasifika Film Festival, Sydney, Australia, 2015
Moab International Film Festival, Utah, USA, 2015
Festival Film Dokumenter, Yogyakarta, Indonesia, 2015
FIFOTahiti, French Polynesia, 2016
Amsterdam Film Festival, Netherlands, 2016
Portobello Film Festival, London, UK, 2016
Cameroon International Film Festival, Buea, Cameroon, 2017
Nandeebie Screen, Redland, Australia, 2017
International Exile Film Festival, Gothenburg, Sweden, 2017

Community screenings: 

Whats Up Doco, Adelaide, Australia, 2015
University of Hawaii, USA, 2015
Discovery Museum, Newcastle, UK, 2015
FERN, Fremantle, Australia, 2016
Deptford Cinema, London, UK, 2016
St Margaret’s House, London, UK, 2016
Big Screen, Federation Square, Melbourne, Australia, 2017Yamba Cinema, NSW, Australia, 2017
Brunswick Picture House, Melbourne, Australia, 2017Coöperatief Eigenwijzer, The Hague, Netherlands, 2017
The Overtopping Studio, Lismore, Australia, 2018
Kino im Sprengel, Hannover, Germany, 2018
Cinema of the Dam’d, Amsterdam, Netherlands, 2019
University of the Virgin Islands, St Croix, 2019

Television screenings: 

NITV, Australia, 2016
Kundu 2 Television, Papua New Guinea, 2017