Indigenous film pioneer Barry Barclay (Ngati Apa) was honored with a lifetime achievement award at the first World Indigenous Television Broadcasting Conference on 28 March 08, five weeks after his death in Aotearoa.
Barclay was posthumously awarded the inaugural Te Puni Kokiri Lifetime Achievement Award for Indigenous Television Broadcasting, Te Rerenga Tahi. His daughter Belynda, son Matt and partner Heather accepted the award on his behalf.
Maori TV’s Jim Mather said, “Barry Barclay sought to shed light on the international struggles shared by Indigenous peoples to retain autonomy over their own image by offering alternatives to the largely stereotypical representations of these cultures.”
CALL FOR ENTRIES
Kathmandu 5 – 8 June 08
Submission deadline: 25 April 08
The Indigenous Peoples of Nepal invite producers, filmmakers and organizations interested in indigenous films and issues to the Nepal International Indigenous Film Festival 08 …
We invite you to share our cultures, experiences and worldviews through the films …
As a country of various indigenous nationalities, we expect to learn from the indigenous films and filmmakers from all over the world so that we could create a synergy among all indigenous people for the preservation and promotion of their invaluable cultural heritages, customs, arts, traditional knowledge, cultural identity and political rights.”
Maori TV’s Julian Wilcox pitches WITBC
Maori Television hosts the first gathering of global indigenous TV executives in Aotearoa 26–28 March 2008. The World Indigenous Television Broadcasting Conference (WITBC) kicks off in Auckland with three days of presentations by broadcasters from Canada, Ireland, Scotland, Taiwan, United States, Australia, Wales, and Aotearoa.
WITBC ’08 inaugurates an international association of indigenous TV broadcasters and presents its first lifetime achievement award.
Maori TV launches its new Maori language channel, Te Reo, to coincide with the event.
PIs MIA @ WITBC
NZ: Pacific representation ‘misses out’ at indigenous media conference
26 Mar 08
Just two Pacific Islands will be represented at the opening today of the world’s first indigenous television network conference.
Fiji and Hawaii are the only delegates from 22 Pacific Island states and territories at WIBTC 08 …
Registration costs at the conference are around NZ$1600, raising barriers to Pacific Islanders already facing high airfares from remote communities.”
Hawaiian screen icon Jason Scott Lee (Rapa Nui, Dragon, Lilo & Stitch) shares his philosophy of sustainable living, Hawaiian-style, in a documentary currently in production.
Bay Area filmmaker Rick Bacigalupi follows Jason around his farm on the big island of Hawaii, from lo’i (taro patch) to lua (outhouse). The farm is based on natural farming techniques developed by Japanese agricultural sensei Masanobu Fukuoka, and on traditional Hawaiian principles of environmental stewardship.
“Living pono benefits everybody, and this is how the Hawaiian people and a lot of other indigenous people were able to survive for centuries, thousands of years, in the same locale, in the same place, on limited resources,” says Lee.
The project has support from Hawai’i Public Television, but director Baci seeks help from sponsors and “viewers like you” in getting the film finished and on PBS.
Living Pono website
View trailer and clips at You Tube
Nine movies by Nesians and one Chamorro screen at Pollywood Six08 at various venues across Auckland through 20 March 08.
Craig Fasi curates the world’s only current festival devoted soley to Pacific Islander films – this year featuring drama, comedy, experimental and documentary.
Films include Nice Jacket by Mishelle Muagututi’a and Pos Mavaega about Pacific artists, plus Pollywood’s first piece by an overseas director, Alex Munoz’s Hurao, a one-minute experimental art film shot on Guahan/Guam.
Short Word with Craig Fasi at NZ Film & TV Blog
TV3’s Pacific Beat Street hits up Pollywood 08 Premier
Report from Cerisse Palalgi at Otara screening:
These films really stood out for me:
Love Struck by Jane Akamoeau, a love story that ended in tragedy but with a unique twist. I was trying to hold back the tears at the very end.
Tau’olunga by Evanjica Isoa-Pau’u. A young half-caste Tongan girl, learning a traditional Tongan dance, encounters racial abuse towards herself & her palagi mother from her father’s Tongan family.”