10 am SUNDAY JUNE 5, GAIETY THEATRE, WAIROA
THE CHIEF’S SPEECH TO THE UN Director Vilsoni Hereniko 4 min USA/Hawaii
Chief Telematua addresses the nations of the world about climate change, especially sea level rise and its impact on the Pacific islands. Hawaii International Film Festival.
BOY AND BIRD Director Anonymous 14 min NZ
The basic needs of a child are stretched when an absent father leaves his son to learn the realities of adulthood. The Director of this film wishes to remain anonymous, and is of Samoan descent.
TAVITA/LANI 2015 NZ Director/Writer Lawrence Keil (Samoan) 15 mins
Tavita/Lani is a family drama about a religious Samoan father who is faced with a huge decision. Whether he should accept his son's decision of being a woman (fa'afafine}.
BLACKBIRD Director Amie Batalabasi (Solomon Islander) 13 min Australia 2016
Forced to work on a sugar plantation in Queensland, Australia in the late 1800s, a spirited young Solomon Islander, Kiko, journeys into manhood. Amidst severe oppression and loss, must find his will to survive.