THREE GREA T FILMS ABOUT THE SOUTH PA­CIFIC

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The Pa­cific re­gion is well known in films as the set­ting of ex­otic ro­mances and is­land ad­ven­tures, but these three films show the re­gion is ca­pa­ble of pure ge­nius and in­dige­nous sto­ries.

THE OP­PO­SI­TION (2017)

Pa­pua New Guinea is the bat­tle­ground for this David and Go­liath in­spired doc­u­men­tary. As com­mu­nity leader Joe Moses strug­gles to save the fam­i­lies of his Port Moresby com­mu­nity from be­ing evicted for the con­struc­tion of a mega-sized re­de­vel­op­ment, he strug­gles to keep his peo­ple – and him­self – safe.

TANNA (2015)

This Romeo and Juliet love story between Dain and Wawa is an adap­ta­tion of a real-life Van­u­atu leg­end. Set against the fiery Mount Ya­sur vol­cano, Tanna ex­plores the Yakel peo­ple and their tra­di­tions known as kas­tom. It was nom­i­nated for an Academy Award for Best For­eign Lan­guage Film.

THE ORATOR (2011)

Samoan-New Zealand film­maker Tusi Ta­masese di­rected this film about the strug­gle of one man to claim his fa­ther’s chiefly sta­tus. Samoa’s deputy prime min­is­ter Misa Tele­foni la­belled it “a beau­ti­ful and poignant love story” that brings “the finest as­pects of tra­di­tions of our Samoan cul­ture into the in­ter­na­tional spot­light”.

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