Escaping into Dickens

It may be one of those cases where the written word has an advantage over its dramatic realisation on film, because this story of a young woman surmounting the horrors taking place around her through literature is only fleetingly effective.

The civil war in Bougainville — in which the copper-rich island attempted to establish independence from Papua New Guinea —has left the village where Matilda (Xzannjah) lives with her mother depleted of its menfolk. The older ones, like Matilda’s father, have gone to