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Saving Papua by Not Cycling There (trailer)

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Actually I wanted to cycle from Berlin to West Papua, Indonesia, in order to bring awareness to an ongoing environmental and geopolitical conflict - a fight for independence of the native peoples of Papua against their Indonesian occupation. This occupation is only taking place, because of the natural resources found on Papua that we in the West consume the most.

From Berlin up to India the cycling trip went pretty well, but then things turned complicated. The border between India and Burma was closed. So, people told me to get on an airplane and fly over Burma to Thailand or Singapore and continue the journey from there. This really was the last thing that I felt like doing - because talking about environmental and geopolitical problems that are caused by a growing demand of resources and flying does not make any sense to me.

So, I went back home. This film documents the last leg of a one-year journey: From New Delhi to Nepal, Tibet, China, Central Asia, the Caucasus, Ukraine, Poland, Germany.

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Films For Action is a library for people who want to change the world.

 

Our mission is to provide citizens with the knowledge and perspectives essential to creating a more beautiful, just, sustainable, and democratic society.

Films For Action was founded in 2006 by a few friends in Lawrence, Kansas, after realizing how essential healthy media is to a healthy democracy.

Over the last 15 years, we've reviewed and curated over 1,000 free documentaries and 4,000 short films, plus over 150 pay-per-view documentaries, spanning 34 topics related to changing the world.

During this time we've been able to reach tens of millions of people - not by owning a TV network or spending truckloads of cash on advertising, but because millions of awesome people keep sharing 'films for action' with their friends on social media - in particular, our 850,000 supporters on Facebook and 70,000 site members. 

One of the coolest things is, thanks to our patrons, our library is ad-free and 100% supported by member donations, while 99% of our library is free to access and always will be. The pay-per-view films on our site, of course, help support the filmmakers, and 90-100% of the revenue for PPV films hosted by us goes to the filmmakers. 

To thank our $5/mo patrons, we partner with filmmakers and distributors to provide free access to a growing number of films that are normally pay-per-view. With just 20 highly curated films at the moment, it's basically a very, very tiny Netflix for world changers, but its main function is to support the library as a whole.

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Cheers,  Tim Hjersted