Executive director of Isolated Ryan Phillippe is using his celebrity status to shine a light on the cause in West Papua in what has already become an award winning documentary.
In an online video, now being shared across the world Mr Phillippe pleaded with viewers to take up action by becoming an ‘isolated ambassador for peace’ and signing a White House petition.
Phillippe said that by signing the petition, they would force the Obama Administration in the US to address the human rights crisis in West Papua.
“An estimated 1 million Papuans have been slayed by the Indonesian military and as long as the world is left in the dark innocent lives will continue to be lost,” he told video viewers.
“Papuans endure torture and murder carried out by the Indonesian military every day for simply living on their land.
“They fear their cries of help will not be heard by the rest of the world, help us to get the word about genocide in West Papua by joining us to make the world’s largest social media petition to stop the senseless violence.”
What began as a surfing documentary, Isolated follows a group of surfer who’s trip soon becomes all too real when they encountered cannibals, discover human rights atrocities and expose an unethical mining corporation.
The film has now attracted mass media attention in US, CNN’s Piers Morgan in particular was taken by it and said Isolated would have a lot of effect.
West Papua is widely known as a journalist dead zone, only recently in August French journalists Thomas Dandois and Valentine Bourrat were imprisoned by Indonesian authorities in West Papua for trying to report.
Phillippe said the lack of media in the region is one of the critical reasons why the world needs see this film.
“The existence of an entire culture is being threatened,” he said.
“Under the canopy of the densest rainforests in the world they thought they could keep it a secret from us.
“They think we don’t care, they actually believe that we won’t do something about it.
“Now it’s time to do something and it starts with you.”
The petition can be found at http://www.isolated.tv/