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Air Niugini Releases DVD Series

Air Niugini has released three titles of a series of documentary programs under the Destinations label.

The programs showcase locations within Papua New Guinea and the region and are presented by Justin Tkatchenko.

One of the programs features Karawari and the Yimas Lakes in the East Sepik Province.

Destinations Karawari tells the story of two visitors to PNG from the Royal Thai Orchid Society who go in search of the majestic Dendrobium lasianthera, otherwise known as the Sepik Blue.

The Sepik Blue orchid is unique to the Yimas Lakes region of the East Sepik Province and is the unofficial national flower of Papua New Guinea.

It is highly regarded throughout the world because of its purity of form and color.

The two Thai visitors are accompanied by PNG orchid enthusiast Justin Tkatchenko who combines his knowledge of orchids with his unquestionable knowledge and passion for Papua New Guinea.

Our cameras capture the expedition not only to Yimas Lakes but also other locations along the Karawari River which is home to an amazing variety of fauna and flora, as well as one of the most ancient human cultures in Papua New Guinea.

Also on the trip is leading PNG photographer Rocky Roe whose images are also shown throughout the documentary, adding an entirely new perspective alongside the video footage.

The vision is complimented by a soundscape by leading Papua New Guinea musician Pius Wasi.

Viewers can look forward to a surprise twist towards the end of the program.

As well as the Karawari episode, Air Niugini will release an additional two programs.

Destinations Manus showcases the northern-most province of Papua New Guinea – a group of islands located in the Bismarck Sea. The program showcases the natural beauty of the province, the unique style of traditional dancing of its people and the endangered Manus green snail.

Destinations Singapore looks at the Orchid Society of PNG’s prizewinning display at the Singapore Orchid Show, along with a preview of the World Orchid Conference which will be held in Singapore in November 2011.

The documentary series is now available through Air Niugini Duty Free (on international flights) and Brian Bell retail stores in Papua New Guinea

Programs will also be shown on selected international flights.

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