The Coconut Revolution
|The Coconut Revolution|
|Directed by||Dom Rotheroe|
|Distributed by||Stampede Films|
|Running time||50 min|
The Coconut Revolution is a 2001 multi-award winning documentary film about the struggle of the indigenous peoples of Bougainville Island. The movement is described as the "world's first successful eco-revolution" and has drawn parallels with the conflict depicted in the 2009 film, Avatar.
The movie tells the story of the successful uprising of the indigenous peoples of Bougainville Island against the Papua New Guinea army and the mining plans of the mining corporation Rio Tinto Zinc (RTZ) to exploit their natural resources. The documentary reveals how the Bougainville Revolutionary Army (BRA) managed to overcome the marine blockade strategy used by the Papuan army by using coconut oil as fuel for their vehicles.
It received funding from the Soros Documentary Fund.
Awards attributed to this documentary include:
- Grand Prize, FICA Festival of Environmental Film, Brazil
- British Environment and Media (BEMA) Awards Richard Keefe Memorial Award - WWF
- Golden Kite, Best Documentary, Mar del Plata, Argentina
- Silver Kite, Best Film for Young People, Argentina
- BEMA Best Documentary
- Amnesty International UK Media Awards 2001, Best Documentary
- One World Media Awards 2001, TV Documentary
- Babcock, Jay (Jan 12, 2010). "REAL-LIFE “AVATAR” 1-3". Arthur (magazine). Retrieved April 16, 2012.