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Thanks to its inaccessibility, both natural and political, Irian Jaya is the only remaining place where civilized man can come into contact with the primitive world. Until now no expedition had managed the march from the centre of the country to the River Mamberamo, which hides its secrets from the white world. This is the dream of all explorers and adventure-seekers.It was here that two friends entered an unknown jungle on a march a thousand kilometres long. They were looking for the most primitive tribes, in order to help us remember and learn how we used to live in harmony with nature. What awaited them was a journey full of hardship lasting a matter of several weeks. It led through the forbidden inland territory of New Guinea, in order to lift the veil of secrecy from this virgin river. They struggled with the snares of the jungle, malaria, hunger and with themselves, in order to find the real treasures. These are respect for people and humility in relation to the world and to themselves.

"The belief that they would succeed was stronger than the jungle, malaria and they themselves."

Script, editing, directing: Pavol Barabáš,
Ladislav Gulik, Pavol Barabáš,
Michal Ničík,
67 minutes ,
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Format: 4.3
Sound: 2.0.

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IGRIC - for film direction, Trenčianske Teplice, Slovak Republic, 2001
GRAND PRIZE - Kendal Mountain Film Festival, Great Britain, 2001
GRAND PRIZE - Envirofilm, Banská Bystrica, Slovak Republic, 2001
GRAND PRIZE - Moscow, Russia, 2001
GRAND PRIZE - Ekofilm, Český Krumlov, Czech Republic, 2001
GRAND PRIZE - Banff, Canada, 2000
GRAND PRIZE - Ekotopfilm, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 2000
1st Prize in the “Documentaries” category - Agrofilm, Nitra, Slovak Republic, 2002
Adventura Prize - FIFAM, Montreal, Canada, 2003
Best Film in the “Earth” category - Mountains and City, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 2001
2nd Prize - Poprad, Slovak Republic, 2000
Best adventure film - Moscow, Russia, 2001
Best Slovak Film - Tourfilm, Slovak Republic, 2001
Main Prize in the "Mountain" category - Teplice nad Metují, Czech Republic, 2000
Camera Alpin in Gold / The Best Adventure Film - Graz, Austria, 2000
“Kokteil” magazine Prize - FAAF, Prague, Czech Republic, 2002
Jury Award - Cervinia, Italy, 2001
Public prize - Poprad, Slovak Republic, 2000
Public prize - Etnofilm, Čadca, Slovak Republic, 2000
Public prize - Mountains and City, Bratislava, Slovak Republic, 2001

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