Danish filmmaker Thor F. Jensen, under the apprenticeship of three Papua New Guinean master sailors, Justin John, Sanakoli John and Job Siyae, sets off from Milne Bay, Papua New Guinea, on the 30th of August 2016 on a world-first circumnavigation of the island of New Guinea in a traditional sailau (sailing canoe) called the Tawali Pasana.
While Thor wants to tell a contemporary story of the island, the sailors wish to inspire new generations of sailors, but the team soon realise that the journey is much more difficult than first anticipated. Thor is forced to rethink his position on the canoe and the sailors have to adapt their traditional skills as they face the deadly North West Monsoon.
Over the course of 13 months and 21 days and 6300 km – dodging trecherous reefs, witchcraft and crocodiles – the fellowship of the Tawali Pasana captures the imagination of the island. But to reach the finish line they must all make sacrifices.
During this world-first circumnavigation, we established several partnerships with organizations in Papua New Guinea that will inform project development and social campaigns.
We have established connections with the PNG Tourism Authority, Pacific Maritime Training College, the Massim Museum and the Kenu and Kundu Festival Association who can provide guidance and local context. In terms of financial and in-kind resources, we have sponsorship arrangements with Consort Shipping, Vanimo Surf Lodge and Tawali Resort.
We have already received support from the PNG Ambassador to Europe and the Danish Embassy in Jakarta, which may be used to promote the film to diverse audiences. The sailors and their communities in Milne Bay will be central advisors throughout the process.
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Renowned Canoe builder and spear-fisher. Lives on Dawson Island with his wife and six children.
Expert fisherman and tourist guide. Lives in Nuakata isl. With his wife and four children.
Know for his solo canoe journeys and food donations to the health centre. Lives on Normanby Isl. with wife and four children.
Thor F. JensenDirector
Award winning filmmaker and member of the Adventurers’ Club of Denmark. Lives in Alice Springs, Australia.
Director Thor F. Jensen Producer Dr Sophie Pascoe Sailor Justin John Sailor and production advisor Sanakoli John Sailor Job Siyae Drone footage by Paul Kerrison , Drone and film photography Robert Weber. Map graphics Sam Moore Promotion Kevin Alo from M&K Talents.