THREE GREA T FILMS ABOUT THE SOUTH PACIFIC
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.
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”.