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Getting Elected in Papua New Guinea
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Documentary series with international stories. Predecessor to FRONTLINE, executive producer David Fanning. Five seasons from 1978-1981. "WORLD has presented a series of international documentaries. One of our concerns has been to show the world as others see it, and we are committed to the idea that we should include those who normally don't have a chance to have their voices heard." -- quote from opening to Blacks Britannica (1978) Series release date: 1978

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Papua New Guinea, a South Pacific island between Asia and Australia, is a country broken up by mountains and thick, tropical forests. A country with over one thousand tribes and over seven hundred languages, a country of ancient cultures. In the span of one lifetime, it was colonized by Germany, Britain and Australia, invaded by Japan, and finally became an independent nation by UN mandate. This program details the first unsupervised election in 1977 and the candidates on the campaign trail.

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Broadcast program

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Global Affairs
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