Title Details

Land of the Morning Star

Known as Netherlands New Guinea, West Papua, Irian Jaya and Papua, this is the story of an extraordinary land with a rich and turbulent history.
Year : 2001 | Total Duration : 55 Minutes | Producer : Janet Bell
Director : Mark Worth |
B&W archival newsreel footage of American and Australian soldiers making "first contact" with West Papuan Highlanders during World War II (WWII). Aerial shot over West Papuan landscape with mountain range visible beyond low clouds. Rough aerial track over Baliem Valley floor with a glimpse of meandering river on screen left. Very rough aerial track over Papuan Highlander village in Baliem Valley. WS plane to plane flying towards mountain.
Access No. 140877 | 16 secs | 1940s | Papua New Guinea, Indonesia | © National Film and Sound Archive | B&W |