RICHARD SAVAGE. ARTIST & PASSIONATE FILMMAKER
WANTOK MERI | WANTOK = A CLOSE COMRADE | MERI = WOMAN
Richard Savage is an Australian based filmmaker and artist with a strong connection to Papua New Guinea. His documentary Wantok Meri is testament to his admiration and respect for the culture, traditions and landscape of one of the most culturally diverse and untouched places on the planet.
“Wantok Meri is dedicated to the women of Papua New Guinea. This is their story.” Richard Savage
Having lived and worked in Papua New Guinea (PNG) from an early age, Richard Savage, developed an interest and passion for the people, culture, traditions and landscape of this culturally diverse and rich country. Richard made Wantok Meri because of his admiration and respect for the women of PNG, realising they are the backbone of the economy and family, his aim was to promote their voices and hear their stories. Gender inequality remains a major development challenge in PNG. Violence against women is unacceptably high and PNG’s systems of family and community relationships often exclude women from leadership and decision making roles. Wantok Meri is dedicated to the women of Papua New Guinea whose lives – difficult and uncomplicated – make the country a better place.
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