Yumi yet: Papua New Guinea gets independence

Papua New Guinea, 1977

Please note

Sorry, we don't have images or video for this item.

Dennis O’Rourke’s brilliant study of Papua New Guinea’s independence celebrations does not belong to the tradition in which an all-knowing, anonymously honeyed voice lulls us with loaded instructions for interpreting a world which it empties of interest. Skilful and humorous editing of the vividly beautiful images and the superb soundtrack of voices, music and radio broadcasts brings out a sense of wonder at a society composed of extraordinary juxtapositions. It is not just that traditional tribal customs co-exist with both the paraphernalia of British and Australian colonialism and the new institutions for independence. Each element actively transforms the others and gives them new meaning. Contains footage of Gough Whitlam, Prince Charles and other dignitaries, as well as the handover ceremonies signifying Papua New Guinea independence. Contains interviews with Papua New Guinea’s first Prime Minister.


production company

Papua New Guinea. Office of Information


Dennis O'Rourke



Production places
Papua New Guinea
Production dates

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier




Audience classification


Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Papua New Guinea

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Papua New Guinea - Social life and customs


Documentary → Documentary films - Australia

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Australia - Territories and possessions

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Papua New Guinea - Politics and government

History → Australia - History

History → Australia - Territories and possessions

History → History

History → Papua New Guinea - History

Places → Papua New Guinea

Short films

Short films → Short films - Papua New Guinea






VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

Please note: this archive is an ongoing body of work. Sometimes the credit information (director, year etc) isn’t available so these fields may be left blank; we are progressively filling these in with further research.

Cite this work on Wikipedia

If you would like to cite this item, please use the following template: {{cite web |url=https://acmi.net.au/works/78543--yumi-yet-papua-new-guinea-gets-independence/ |title=Yumi yet: Papua New Guinea gets independence |author=Australian Centre for the Moving Image |access-date=27 May 2022 |publisher=Australian Centre for the Moving Image}}