The Coconut Revolution

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The Coconut Revolution
Directed byDom Rotheroe
Distributed byStampede Films
Release date
Running time
50 min
CountryUnited Kingdom

The Coconut Revolution is a 2001 multi-award winning documentary film about the struggle of the indigenous peoples of Bougainville Island during the Bougainville Civil War. 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.[1]


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.[2][3][4][5]

It received funding from the Open Society Foundations.


Awards attributed to this documentary include:[6]


  • 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


See also[edit]


  1. ^ Babcock, Jay (12 Jan 2010). "REAL-LIFE "AVATAR" 1-3". Arthur. Retrieved 16 April 2012.
  2. ^ ecolodave (15 March 2015). "The Coconut Revolution (TV Movie 2000)". IMDb. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Journeyman Pictures : documentaries : The Coconut Revolution". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  4. ^ "El ciclo Zine Txiroa proyecta hoy el documental 'La revolución de los cocos". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  5. ^ "The Coconut Revolution". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  6. ^

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