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Coca-Cola Celebrating PNG

Coca Cola: Celebrating PNG (Part 3) The Papua New Guinea Flag Designer!

Today we take look back at the last of our Coca-Cola Celebrating PNG films made in early 2015.  This film tells the story of a little known lady named Susan Karike Huhume.

After we finished shooting with the much loved Honz (aka Jokema), we continued our shoot with Susan who was our second subject to be filmed in Papua New Guinea.  Many people are not aware of the fact, but she designed the PNG national flag when she was still only a teenager in 1975.

Susan is the most unfortunate subject we shot for this series when compared to Jokema the PNG Pop Star and Hubert the National Rugby Captain.  Susan lives in a shack in a rural area 45 minutes ride from Port Moresby. I was shocked to see that there was no running water and electricity in her house (as this is the PNG flag designer!).  So we made the ad in the city, renting EMTEK staff’s apartment for the day.

In this film we faced more obstacles than we had in the previous or next shoots, because unfortunately we had to reconstruct the history of young Susan 40 years earlier, before PNG Independence Day.  For this we needed a young talent to play Susan, a location that looked similar, old props and old wardrobe, etc.

Besides that, security problems were still happening during our shooting day.  Some people came to us and claimed that we shot on their land so they asked for money from us and so our PNG team evacuated us immediately and luckily we had already wrapped at that location.

Also during this shoot we used around 50 extras for the rooftop scene of Susan’s family celebrating Independence Day with fireworks in the background.  It was kind of hard to direct all of them because first of all, there was the language problem and also they hadn’t been involved in shooting before.  Our Director, Putra, also felt stressed out during this time so luckily we did the fireworks during post production or it would have been a terrible nightmare for that particular shot.  Eventually we were able to manage all the problems and took a rest before continuing to our third Coca-Cola ad in PNG, with Hubert, The National Rugby Player.

Susan is the nicest subject I’ve met. She gave me a PNG traditional bag just before we departed (this made me cry).  We are so grateful for the opportunity to meet and film Susan and her family and a huge thanks to our fabulous client, Cara, that had the vision to do this project and gave us this job and went over and beyond to help during filming.

Let’s hope that PNG people and their government will re-remember Susan and give some assistance to her living conditions.

Story by Dennis and Putra.  Photos courtesy of Hasal.

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Preparing the bonfire.

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Putra with the performers.

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Cara & Georgina with the performers.

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Night shooting by the bonfire.

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The Coca Cola booth!

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All crew for filming Susan’s story.

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Putra behind the camera.

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Setting up the Coca-Cola booth.

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The lovely Susan.

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Happiness.

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Susan and one of her grand daughters.

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Featuring the beautiful Susan’s grand daughter.

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Kimi acting as soundman.

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Also Susan’s grandchildren.

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The cutest!

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Susan’s husband.

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Graham, our bodyguard that saved our life plenty of times in PNG!

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Sheena, the amazing Producer from EMTEK. So sorry to give you headache with all the morning lights 😀

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Ogi, our sound guy with Susan’s grand daughter.

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Cara making sure the Coke colour is perfect!

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Party scene.

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Cheers!

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Susan’s grand daughter, acting as Susan, wearing a 1950’s mary blouse.

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Catholic school scene.

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Cara making a PNG flag for the competition scene 😀

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It’s a wrap!

 

 

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Comments

  1. Hi there,
    I am not sure if you heard of Susan Karike’s passing? I run Destination Melanesia trying to do research about her looking for recent photos and I was surprised there was hardly any except for your images online of her in which has circulated around social media. I had a read of your article for the first time and I was truly sadden and then I read of how her family did seek assistance from the PNG government for them to fly her overseas for medical treatment which never happened. For this reason I have decided to write an article about this issue and dedicate it to her. I want her story to be known. I noticed photo’s of a film being made of her story? If it is please let me know how I can get a hold of one. I can even help to distribute and promote it. I look forward to hearing from you soon.

    Kind regards,
    Vanessa Valilio

    • Hi Vanessa,

      So sorry we haven’t got anyone to maintain and administer our website and left your comments unanswered. She’s such a beautiful soul. We have an amazing experience shooting with all of her family members for this video. I cried when she gave me a PNG traditional bilum before we departs from PNG. It was very sad to see her living condition when we visited her house.

      All the animated photos in the video belongs to Susan. She has a clipping of all her portraits & news. All the photos in this website belongs to Hurstle from EMTEK (PNG TV Station). EMTEK assist us when we shoot in PNG.

      Thanks and so sorry again for our late reply.

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