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Pasifika Film Fest is a film festival celebrating the stories and lives of the Pacific Island peoples.

 

In 2017, Pasifika Film Fest will be coming to New Zealand for the very first time, bringing a great selection of unique stories from across Oceania.

 

Playing at EVENT Cinemas Manukau, Queen Street and Westgate 15th February – 19th February 

 

Playing at The Embassy 23 February – 26th February 

 

Check out the amazing films up for offer and then lock in tickets!


Tep Tok
For many a Pacific Islander, a tattoo is a marker of one's identity. The art of tattooing has travelled the world over and while its popularity has continued strongly into contemporary culture today but the awareness of the traditional practices of tattooing in Papua New Guinea is dwindling.

 

Being Bruno Banani
This film tells the unique story of the first and only Tongan Luger who managed to qualify in an amazingly short amount of time for the 2014 Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

 

Mercenary 
Soane, a young man of Wallisian origin from New Caledonia, defies his father’s authority to go play rugby in France. Left to his own devices on the other side of the world, his odyssey will take him on the path to becoming a man in a world where there is a price to be paid for success

 

A Piece Of The Cake
Life in Vanuatu isn’t all sea, sun and palm trees. For Timothy and his family life is hard. His daughter Betty is out of school because he can’t pay her school fees. His wife works as a house girl and his son hangs around with his friends smoking dope, like many other unemployed, young men. Timothy’s only hope is the political party he supports, and when the man Timothy has collected votes for becomes a Minister, Timothy dreams he will get a job and earn the money to send Betty back into school.

 

Mele Murals
Mele Murals is a documentary on the transformative power of modern graffiti art and ancestral wisdom for a new generation of Native Hawaiians. At the centre of the story are two former illegal graffiti writers turned community artists - Estria Miyashiro (aka Estria) and John Hina (aka Prime) - a group of Native Hawaiian youth, and the rural community of Waimea.


Kumu Hina
This powerful feature documentary is about the struggle to maintain Pacific Islander culture and values within westernised society of modern day Hawai'i. It is told through the lens of extraordinary Native Hawaiian who is both a proud and confident mahu, or transgender woman, and an honoured and respected kumu, or teacher, cultural practitioner, and community leader.

 

Documentary Films:

 

Te Mana O Te Moana 
In 2011, a group of Pacific people did something extraordinary: In seven traditional voyaging waka/vaka moana they traversed over 20,000 nautical miles of the Pacific ocean, from New Zealand/Aotearoa to Fakarava, Hawaii, America, Mexico, Tahiti and to the Solomons.

 

In Football We Trust 
IN FOOTBALL WE TRUST intimately portrays four young Polynesian football players struggling to overcome gang violence, family pressures and near poverty as they enter the high stakes world of college recruiting and the promise of professional sports.

 

Sons Of Halawa 
The last native resident of a sacred Hawaiian valley searches for a successor to keep cultural traditions alive.

 

Short Films
 

Little Coconut Shorts
Short film section for children. Featured shorts are Maisa the Chamoru Girl who Saves Guahan, Slingshot, The Spectacular Imagination of the Pohara Brothers and Boy Strikes Back.

 

Tales Of Oceania
Featured Shorts include Adorn, Falevai Flava, i Matai, Karroyul, The Chiefs Speech to the United Nations.

 

Talanoa Shorts
Featured shorts include Blackbird, Forgotten Dawn Children, Smiths Ave, The Promise of Piha & Two Steps Behind.

 

^Based on the standard reward.

DATE: Starts from 15th February
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