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Kabelbel

•• 2016

Filmed on entirely on location on Masahet Island, in the Lihir Island group, Kabelbel is a feature length documentary documenting the construction of a trade canoe traditionally used by the people from the New Ireland Province of Papua New Guinea.

For many years the people of the Lihir Islands in Papua New Guinea relied upon large outrigger canoes for travel, trade and subsistence. In the past, groups of men would make long and dangerous journeys to engage in a complex inter-island trade network with neighbouring groups in the New Ireland district, exchanging live pigs for shell valuables.