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Film Review: Sensim Pasin
Review by Guys Official.com
View Trailer here: https://vimeo.com/128813798
REAL people and their stories is the strength of this film.
Papua New Guineans know the story, off by heart; they know the ins and outs of violence in the home, we could even call it a norm.
A film like this asks you; should it be a norm? Are you normal to think that violence inflicted on women is a norm?
Confrontation is the word.
In its simplicity, it asks the plainest questions; what do you do about it? What makes you think it’s none of your business?
A handful of people would say; this is painting a bad picture of PNG, not all men are like that.
These are, in my opinion, the people who cannot handle that confrontation.
It is uncomfortable and reprimanding; possibly embarrassing.
Senisim Pasin is set in a number of places in the country, including the Eastern Highlands, Wabag, Sepik and East New Britain.
People of all walks of life are featured in the film, walks of the average Papua New Guinean; the village woman, the educated woman, the advocate, the successful business woman and very new to the gender pool, the Member of Parliament.
The man who had beat his wife for many a year shares his story, as does the man who cannot see the logic of such acts.
Governor of Oro Gary Juffa adds some sarcasm to the film with his eminent sense of humour and a challenge with his idea of what a real man is, and Governor of Eastern Highlands Julie Soso talks of how growing up as a cherished female child by her father led her to be the woman she is today.
An interviewee that really got my attention was one who brought forth the idea that the inability to express oneself is a root cause of violence in our society.
I was hoping that this notion would have been elaborated on in the film as this to me also is a significant underlying factor in our country.
One cannot even express love in public without being ridiculed and experiencing hostility in the PNG society; if it is difficult to express anxiety, stress, low self-esteem, jealousy and other such emotions in words, how is it that one cannot become violent and release their wrath on those most vulnerable in their presence?
In a country as culturally and literarily diverse as ours, the cultural, social and psychological factors cannot be ignored.
One point was touched on however that highlighted the status of women very clearly which was the fact that male children are and always have been prioritised for privileges such as schooling.
This is one very ingrained cultural impression that must gain prominence in this campaign.
A scene that no doubt pulls at the heart strings is the interview of a woman that sustained injuries, abuse and the loss of family members at the hands of men of her community who had accused her of sorcery.
No, we are no stranger to such news; no stranger to the disgusting pictures and videos that people post on social networking sites of these atrocities.
Is the word atrocity even an appropriate one anymore?
Strangers no, but do we feel? Do we know, really? This is the shock value of this film.
An everyday woman of about 50, one that you will pass in the street, one of those maket mama’s you would buy kau kau off after work, telling you that she lost her mother and daughter and then fled into the bush, nursing decaying, corrupted flesh wounds.
Now that’s a story you don’t hear every day!
“Mama bilong mi ol i kilim pas, pikinini meri bilong mi ol mas kilim em o mi no save”.
There’s a point where, biting back tears of anger, sadness and sheer disbelief, you have to think, enough is enough!
This film, to conclude, will slap the ignorant Papua New Guinean in the face and sear the lids from their eyes.
But as the film’s producers the PNG Tribal Foundation understand, these eyes won’t stay open long.
Thus a campaign is soon to take off to promote this film and the ideas it proposes; the question that remains in our minds however is: how do we keep this going?
All I can say is, yes I believe it can change; and this change requires input from all levels of society – government to grassroots.
Senisim Pasin I believe is a tool that can lead the charge.