British filmmaker Dominic Brown travelled without the knowledge or authority of the Indonesian authorities in order to film Forgotten Bird of Paradise (2009). The documentary has received widespread critical acclaim, providing a rare and moving insight into the forgotten struggle for independence that has gripped West Papua for over 50 years. It includes never before seen footage of freedom fighters at their stronghold in the Papuan jungle, as well as interviews with human rights victims of the Indonesian regime.

Frequently breathtaking and thought provoking, Forgotten Bird of Paradise provides a remarkable insight into a world where ancient traditions and cultures live on into the modern age. Above all it shows the inspiring resilience of a people who have suffered so much under Indonesian occupation, but whose determination for freedom burns stronger now than at any time in history. Finally their cries are starting to be heard.

Best Documentary – Dam Short Film Festival, USA – 2011
Best Short Documentary – Davis International Film Festival, USA – 2015


Produced, directed & filmed by Dominic Brown
© 2009, Dancing Turtle Films
DVD copies of the film available here