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Pacific Showcase Shorts
An ancient riverbed is brought back to life in this extraordinary pairing of song and immersive 3D animation.
On the day she gets her first menses, Hinekura is initiated into adulthood with ceremony and blessings. She’s taken to a wananga where her role within the tribe is revealed to her.
In a ballroom called Paradise, in the aftermath of World War II, a proud Hawaiian singer dances with a returned U.S. soldier and debates the dignity of the American dream.
New Zealand, Samoa
Solo, a young Samoan interpreter for the Native Courts in Colonial, New Zealand Samoa, does what he thinks is best for his people, and at times lies as he translates. Unbeknown to Solo, High Chief Nua who is charged with trespass, understands and speaks English.
Gemma CUBERO DEL BARRIO
United States, Cook Islands
Our Atoll Speaks (Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua) Enter the breathtaking atoll of Pukapuka/Nassau in this communal film -poem and discover the environmental wisdom of our ancestors.
In ancient Hawaiʻi, a warrior was entrusted with the sacred act of hiding his beloved chief’s bones. To ensure they would never be found, he traveled in secret…
Mick ANDREWS and David ATKINSON
Maori face tattoo, or tā moko, is a tradition that was nearly lost through colonization. Bernard and Sapphire are passionate about seeing Maori communities heal, unite and look to a positive future in Aotearoa/New Zealand.
Teeth is an intimate portrait of Hawaiian grandmother Angelica’s recovery from sexual abuse suffered as a child. Her emotional and psychological healing parallels the fixing of knocked out and rotten teeth. In her words, “Three things have replaced my misery, Faith, Hope, and Aloha … and the greatest of these is Aloha”.
The life of a Melanesian tribe is disrupted by the progressive arrival of modernity. Iabe, a young Melanesian, finds this change very hard to cope with and gets lost between his traditions and this modernity.