With Bougainville Island quickly heading towards Independence, local Award Winning Filmmaker Ms. Llane Munau, sees a need to pass on her skills and knowledge as a professional filmmaker and photographer, to give back to her people and contribute positively to this journey.
“This workshop is my way of supporting our independence movement. I want to teach people how they can use their mobile phones and cameras to document their own journey, heading towards 2025.”
Technology has fast become mainstream on the island and people in the rural areas have access to and some of the latest gadgets, but the know-how is lacking.
“There is a big demand for these skills amongst the youths,” Llane Munau said, adding that many of the people who came along to the workshop, did so with their own iPhones, Android devices and cameras.
“These are young people who like to take pictures and short videos, to share on their social media,” Llane Munau said, explaining how youths today are taking to social media to tell their stories.
“We also had a good number of elderly participants as well. They have smart phones, but don’t really know how to use their devices.”
The last workshop held in Iaun Village was the 6th of its kind and had a maximum of 60 participants. It is a workshop that was initiated, self-funded and conducted by Llane Manau herself, through her Voice in the Wilderness Production Company.