DIS­NEY MOVIE MOANA COULD LEAD TO MORE

Fiji Sun - - Sunbiz - KATHRIN KR­ISHNA

Op­por­tu­ni­ties for Fiji, says A-G

iji has the best re­bate sys­tem, and with Moana pre­mier­ing this could lead to other op­por­tu­ni­ties for the coun­try. This was high­lighted by our proud At­tor­ney- Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum at the Fiji premier of the Walt Dis­ney movie Moana at Damodar Event Cin­e­mas in Suva on Wed­nes­day night. “We give 47 per cent re­bate of what­ever you spend in pro­duc­tion in Fiji, so it is very at­trac­tive,” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said.

“We hope this will lead to other op­por­tu­ni­ties for us.”

Mr Sayed-Khaiyum said the Gov­ern­ment was very sup­port­ive of this. “We be­lieve the strength of any na­tion is very much man­i­fested through its abil­ity to show its cul­ture, its arts, lit­er­a­ture and writ­ing in po­etry,” he said. He also ac­knowl­edged the work of the lo­cal tal­ents who made the movie pos­si­ble.

“Thanks to Ige­lese Ete- di­rec­tor PASI­FIKA Voices and peo­ple from USP for show­cas­ing your tal­ent. “We look for­ward to you do­ing more of such in­ter­na­tional events.” Mr Sayed-Khaiyum also thanked Te­muera Mor­ri­son (voice of Moana’s fa­ther) for the con­tri­bu­tion. “We hope that you will be­come an am­bas­sador for us. To tell the film in­dus­try out­side Fiji what po­ten­tial we have not just in terms of location but also of the won­der­ful tal­ent we have as seen in this movie.” The pre­miere was well-at­tended by over 500 in­vited guests, cor­po­rate spon­sors, movie lovers and mem­bers of the lo­cal film and en­ter­tain­ment in­dus­try.

About the movie

The an­i­ma­tion Moana is a story of an adventurous Poly­ne­sian teenage princess who sails out on a dar­ing mis­sion to save her peo­ple. Dur­ing her jour­ney, Moana meets the once-mighty demigod Maui, who guides her in her quest to be­come a mas­ter way-finder. To­gether they sail across the open ocean on an ac­tion-packed voy­age, en­coun­ter­ing enor­mous mon­sters and im­pos­si­ble odds.

Along the way, Moana ful­fills the an­cient quest of her an­ces­tors and dis­cov­ers her own iden­tity.

Feed­back af­ter movie

Aiyaz Sayed- Khaiyum added it was a very good an­i­ma­tion movie and it also shows what goes into a movie pro­duc­tion.

“It was fan­tas­tic to see Fiji’s name on the screen and see­ing ac­tual places in Fiji be­ing named in the an­i­ma­tion.”

PASI­FIKA Voices di­rec­tor Ige­lese Ete said: “I am re­ally proud of all the tal­ents here.”

Team Fiji Olympics Chef de Mis­sion Cathy Wong said: “The movie was re­ally good and the story was very fas­ci­nat­ing and I urge ev­ery­one in Fiji to come and watch the movie.”

Miss World Fiji 2016, Miss Pooja Priyanka said: “The sound in the movie is just in­cred­i­ble. “It shows how strong our Pa­cific cul­ture is. “You can see how all the cul­tures have been in­fused in it and Dis­ney has done an amaz­ing job.”

Es­tab­lished lo­cal ar­tisit Savuto Vakade­wavosa said: “The movie was very emo­tional and the high­light was when I started to hear all the Pa­cific voices. “It was a proud and en­cour­ag­ing mo­ment.”

We be­lieve the strength of any na­tion is very much man­i­fested through its abil­ity to show its cul­ture, its arts, lit­er­a­ture and writ­ing in po­etry.

Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum

At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy

Photo: FILIPE NAIGULEVU

From left: At­tor­ney-Gen­eral and Min­is­ter for Econ­omy Aiyaz Sayed-Khaiyum, Ashlee How­den-Sadlier and New Zealand ac­tor Te­muera Mor­ri­son af­ter the Fiji pre­miere of the Walt Dis­ney movie - Moana at Damodar Event Cin­e­mas in Suva on Wed­nes­day night.

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