Kal Angam-Kal: Panel and Screening

Kal Angam-Kal: Panel and Screening
Exhibition Date: 1 November 2023—28 January 2024
Launch Event: 4 November 2023, 3—5 pm
Panel and Screening: 16 November 2023, 6—8pm
Event Information

Join us for a screening of documentary Land of the Morning Star (dir. Mark Worth, 2004, 55mins).

Land of the Morning Star reveals the turbulent history of West Papua, swept up in the power-play of international politics. Through eyewitness accounts and rare archival film, this fascinating documentary paints a picture that is intimate in detail but epic in scope. It is a sweeping saga of colonial ambitions, cold war sellouts and fervent nationalism, which highlights the role of players such as Australia and the UN at crucial points in West Papua’s history. By providing a background to this complex story, this timely film helps us understand the reality of life today in the land of the morning star.

This screening will be followed by a panel featuring West Papuan community leaders Paula Makabory and Ronny Kareni joined by Kal angam-kal project creators Cyndi Makabory and Yasbelle Kerkow.

Kal angam-kal Exhibition
Kal angam-kal: Stories from West Papua is a documentary exhibition that brings together Elders and Young people from the Narrm (Melbourne) based West Papuan community in a series of youth-led intergenerational interviews.

This exhibition features a series of new video works of West Papuan Young People interviewing their Elders, sharing their culture, their people’s struggle and hopes for the future. The Young People in this project participated in a series of culturally-informed developmental workshops focusing on leadership, interviewing and public speaking skills. The interviews were co-designed with Young People leading the storytelling process.

Find out more about the exhibition: Kal Angam-Kal: Stories from West Papua

Instagram: @kalangamkal

Exhibition: 1 November 2023—28 January 2024
Launch Event: 4 November 2023, 3—5 pm
Panel and Screening: 16 November 2023, 6—8pm


Presented at Footscray Community Arts with support from Cinespace, Australia Council for the Arts and Creative Victoria


Date & Times

Thursday 16 November, 6:00 pm-8:00 pm

Performance Space


Meet the Panelists
  • Paula Makabory
    Paula Makabory

    Paula Makabory is a Papuan Elder, community leader and former independent Human Rights worker with ELSHAM, a bold and self-determined Jayapura-based NGO that independently reviews Human Rights abuses. Paula has been documenting human rights violations, particularly against Indigenous peoples who have been marginalized and impoverished over the decades. In 2005 Paula was jointly nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize in an initiative called 1000 women for Peace, which aimed to address the lack of representation of women in the Prize’s history by showcasing the powerful women working toward Peace around the world. She currently lives in exile in Melbourne due to her work as one of West Papua’s Independence leaders and Executive member of the United Liberation Movement for West Papua (ULMWP).

  • Ronny Kareni
    Ronny Kareni

    Ronny Kareni is a Canberra-based West Papuan activist, musician, diplomat by training and youth vocational specialist by trade. He graduated in diplomacy at the Australian National University and a casual academic in Tok Pisin language at the School of Culture, History and Language. He is the co-founder of Rize of the Morning Star, a musical and cultural movement that continues to use music as a weapon of choice with their band Sorong Samarai. Born into the second generation of freedom fighters and growing up as a refugee in Papua New Guinea with his family, Mr Kareni’s goal of West Papua’s quest for freedom and liberation is to promote peace with justice in West Papua. Community resistance is at the heart of what he does.

  • Cyndi Makabory
    Cyndi Makabory

    Born in West Papua, Cyndi Makabory came to so-called Australia at a young age. She was born into the Free West Papua movement and comes from a strong activist family. Cyndi is a recent Law graduate, and she is passionate about fighting for a Free West Papua locally and internationally. She has represented her community on various platforms including on behalf of the Black Lives Matter movement at the 2020 Melbourne Rally. Kal angam-kal is her first film project. 

  • ​​Yasbelle Kerkow
    ​​Yasbelle Kerkow

    ​​Yasbelle Kerkow is an artist, emerging filmmaker and Pacific community organiser. Her arts and community practices centres Fijian women’s material culture, climate change, intergenerational conversations and communicating Melanesian stories through the arts. She’s previously been a finalist in the 2020 Churchie Emerging Art Prize, 2019 Wyndham Art Prize and the 2019 Footscray Art Prize. She participated in 2021’s Makeshift Publics program at Arts House and in 2019’s Next Wave Festival’s Kickstart Program. 


Lead Artist: Cyndi Makabory and Yasbelle Kerkow
Produced by: Yasbelle Kerkow and Folole Tupuola
Cinematographer: Ashleigh Hammond
Sound Recordist: Hayden Guildford
Camera assistant/gaffer: Tengis Dorj
Production Assistants: Folole Tupuola and Halle Murphy
Translation: Nuevaterra Mambor
Editing: Zia Sadeqi and RhianHinkley
Exhibition consultation: Kate ten Buuren
Designer: Denis Grauel
Music by: David Bridie featuring Arnold Ap and the Mambesak band

Youth Workshop Program Team
Youth Workers: Idil Ali and Tiannah Truong
Workshop Facilitator: Namila Benson, Cyndi Makabory, Yasbelle Kerkow and Folole Tupuola

Footscray Community Arts
Creative Producer: Urvi Majumdar and Aamer Ahmed
Exhibition Designer: Benjamin Bannan
Marketing Campaign Coordinator: Jeevika Rajagopal

Special thanks to:
Yarra Youth Services
Collingwood Neighbourhood House
VA Hire
Shaun Miller Lawyer
Media Mentors
John Kassab


This is a past event