Oceania

KORIAM’S LAWAND THE DEAD WHO GOVERN

Australia, Papua New Guinea 2005 | 110 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Gary Kildea
KORIAM’S LAW is set in the Jacquinot Bay area of Papua New Guinea’s East New Britain Province. Here the Aus­tralian anthro­pol­o­gist Andrew Lattas meets the philoso­pher-infor­mant Peter Avarea of Matong … read more

LE CIEL DANS UN JARDIN

Stéphane Breton
France 2003 | 62 Min. | BetaSP, OmeU
Q&A with:
Stéphane Breton
Told by a sort of inti­mate voice, the film is the nar­ra­tive of eth­nol­o­gist Stéphane Breton’s last trip to a small coun­try in the New Guinea high­lands, where he used … read more

MOANA: A ROMANCE OF THE GOLDEN AGE

Robert Flaherty
Samoa 1926 | 66 Min. | 16 mm
Silent movie with musi­cal accom­pa­ni­ment by Günter A. Buchwald In the wake of the raging suc­cess of his first fea­ture-length docu­d­ra­ma NANOOK OF THE NORTH, Para­mount Pic­tures com­mis­sioned R. J. … read more

O TAMAITI – Die Kinder

Sima Urale
New Zealand, Samoa 1996 | 15 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Sima Urale’s film O TAMAITI por­trays dif­fi­cul­ties expe­ri­enced by Poly­ne­sian people migrat­ing to Aotearoa New Zealand. Through an explo­ration of her own Samoan cul­ture, Urale address­es issues of finan­cial hard­ship … read more

PARADISE BENT, BOYS WILL BE GIRLS IN SAMOA

Heather Croall
Australia, Samoa 1999 | 51 Min. | BetaSP, OF

PARADISE BENT is one of the first cin­e­mat­ic con­sid­er­a­tions of Samoan fa’afafines-male chil­dren who are raised to be women. The film doc­u­ments how in large Samoan fam­i­lies there may be one or two fa’afafines who are not only accept­ed, but also appre­ci­at­ed. Through inter­views with fa’afafines, Samoan elders, aca­d­e­mics, and other res­i­dents of Samoa, the film explores con­struc­tions of gender iden­ti­ty, and the trans­for­ma­tion of gen­dered tra­di­tions with the advent of global cap­i­tal­ism and cul­tur­al tourism. Rep­re­sent­ing how con­tem­po­rary fa’afafines are becom­ing more west­ern­ized, moving away from family units and iden­ti­fy­ing as “trans­gen­der,” the doc­u­men­tary grap­ples with change, per­son­al strug­gle and plea­sure, and shift­ing identities. 

THE LAND HAS EYES
(Pear ta ma ‘on maf)

Vilsoni Hereniko
Fiji 2004 | 90 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU
Q&A with:
Vilsoni Hereniko
Viki, a sen­si­tive Rotu­man girl lis­tens intent­ly to her father who is telling her the story of the myth­i­cal first inhab­i­tant of the island, the “War­rior Woman”. With her strength … read more