Veteran New Zealand filmmaker Annie Goldson’s documentary about a fatal hate crime in Fiji won the Grand Prix at the 6th Pacific Documentary Film Festival (FIFO, Festival International du Film Océanien) in Tahiti.
An Island Calling (Murder in the Pacific) is a “post-colonial” story about the brutal double murder of a gay male couple, one of who was a human rights worker, in Fiji in mid-2001. The film explores the social, historical and political currents underlying the killing in post-coup Fiji.
Buy the DVD at Occasional Productions.
An Island Calling gets top award
Set in a rural Maori community in the Hokianga region of Northland in Aotearoa (New Zealand), The Strength of Water is the story of Maori twins Kimi and Melody, who are forced apart when a mysterious stranger arrives in their small town.
The film features Nancy Brunning (Crooked Earth, When Loves Comes) and a cast of locals. The project was developed at the Sundance and Binger workshops.
The new Pacific Islands Film Festival debuts in Honolulu with a collection of features, docs and shorts from Aotearoa, Australia, Majuro, Tuvalu, Samoa/Los Angeles and Hawaii.
The Marshall Islands’ first dramatic feature film has its international premier at the Honolulu Design Center on 12 July 08. Morning Comes So Soon features local folks in a teen love story dealing with racism and suicide.
The festival also screens two New Zealand features: Toa Fraser’s Naming No. 2, starring Ruby Dee as a Fijian matriarch, and Samoan Wedding featuring Aotearoa’s zany Naked Samoans comedy team.
Documentaries deal with Samoan gangs in urban America, tribalism in Papua New Guinea and Bougainville, effects of global warming on Tuvalu, Hawaiian culture and Polynesian DNA origins, plus biographical films about Samoan writer Albert Wendt and Maori musician/filmmaker Moana Maniapoto’s battle over the right to use her own name.
Keynote address is by the godmother of Pacific film Merata Mita (Patu, Mauri) of University of Hawaii’s Academy of Creative Media. Celebrity night features Pacific film icon Cliff Curtis (Once Were Warriors, Whale Rider).
The festival is produced by the Pacific Basin Institute at Pomona College, California.
As Seen on Screen
Pacific Islands Film Festival brings big attention to little-known issues
10th Festival of Pacific Arts
20 July – 2 August 2, 2008
Theme: Su’iga’ula a le Atuvasa (Threading the Oceania ‘Ula)
Deadline: Friday 9 May 2008
The Pacific’s premier arts event seeks documentaries and features from Pacific filmmakers.
More than 2,000 people from 27 Pacific nations converge on Pago Pago in July for the four-yearly festival, showcasing a mind-boggling array of arts from traditional navigation and canoeing to healing, tattoo and culinary arts alongside theater, visual arts and performance.
Contact: Nancy Tagaloa at firstname.lastname@example.org or (684) 733-9660
For more details download the Film Festival Invitation
Films by Youth Inside in LA Times
Munoz’s FYI: Films by Youth Inside teaches filmmaking to youth incarcerated in California corrections camps. He plans to expand the program to Hawai’i and Guam in 2008.
Read the full article: Life Has Its Own Storyline
Aotearoa’s Pollywood Pacific Island Short Film Festival seeks submissions from Pacific Islander filmmakers for its 6th annual event screening in Auckland early March 2008.
The festival puts Pacific Island stories, culture, ideas, lifestyles and visions on screen. Pollywood 2007 featured Maree Webster’s Like Milk, about a young woman coming to terms with her skin color, and Miki Magasiva’s Rites of Courage on Pacific tattoo traditions.
Deadline is Dec 15 2007.
Send tapes to: Craig Fasi, Curator, 16 Church St, Onehunga, Auckland, New Zealand (email@example.com).