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Significant social documentary examines PNG missionary

Volume 15, Issue 2

October, 2009

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Marbrook, J. (2009). Significant social documentary examines PNG missionary. Pacific Journalism Review, 15(2): 227-229. Review of Papa Bilong Chimbu, directed and produced by Verena Thomas. Documentary, 2008, 54min. Distributor: Ronin.
Author(s): Jim Marbrook
Reviewed documentary directed by: Verena Thomas
Publication date: 
October, 2009

Papa Bilong Chimbu is Verena Thomas' affectionate examination of the life of her great uncle John Nilles. Father Nilles was a German missionary who worked in the highlands of Papua New Guinea for more than 50 years. Thomas steers us through Father Nilles' career and life as we return with her to the Chimbu region to meet his friends, parishioners, those who converted, educated and supported.