What an exceptional year for Pasifika People in Film! The Creativity, the Dedication, the Motivation to share and exhibit Pasifika stories has been prolific! Pollywood Pasifika Film (PPF) is doing its part by contributing the latest showcase of Polynesian Pasifika Proud film this month!
PPF Director, Craig Fasi, remains firm in the belief that what he does and has been doing for over 17 years is an essential part of the NZ film industry fabric woven to inspire and generate further opportunity for Pasifika grassroots and established filmmakers including multi-media artists to realize how important their work is.
“I consider myself extremely fortunate and incredibly grateful to be entrusted with what I regard as Taoga, to showcase our undeniably unique Pasifika points of view on the big screen – I welcome all challenges that present themselves in this non-profit environment knowing that I am diligently and in most cases, thanklessly, working for the greater good”
7 Films have been curated by Mr Fasi which all share a common theme of overcoming adversity, self awareness and empowerment.
‘Our Father’ Directed and written by recent film school graduate, Esther Mauga, has enjoyed recent success in this years’ NZ International Film Festival by being chosen as one of NZs best shorts for 2019 and has special mention from award winning director Jane Campion noting the standout performance of lead actress Samara Alofa. Such wonderful accolade to receive for Miss Mauga, an up and coming filmmaker to the NZ film industry.
‘Liliu’ Directed and written by Fa’alava’au Jeremiah Tauamiti is a triumph in its own right. The World premiere for ‘Liliu’ took place at the prestigious Berlinale Film Festival 2019 and also won best Pacific short at the 2019 Wairoa Maori Film Festival. You will notice Mr Tauamiti was also the DOP in ‘Toa`ipuapuagā, Strength in Suffering’ directed by Vea Mafile’o and he recently co-directed his first feature documentary film with Vea Mafile’o, ‘For my fathers Kingdom’ – the work ethic and professionalism Mr Tauamiti displays is truly phenomenal and it shows in his film.
Pollywood Pasifika Film 172019 is scheduled for ONE exclusive screening with Directors along to speak about their films at the Mangere Art Centre – Nga Tohu O Uenuku, Tuesday 29 October, 6.30pm
Rated R16 due to violence & coarse language.
$12 per ticket includes a light supper at the end of the films and a chance to speak directly with the filmmakers.