17:00 Mingle and vernissage for this year’s art exhibition curated by the local and newly started non-profit culture association Arkana
18:00 Opening & film screening: VAI
Director Nicole Whippy, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Mīria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga Country New Zealand Year 2019 Runtime 88 min Genre Drama Language English, Samoan, Maori, Tonga Subtitles English
Eight female filmmakers from islands in the southern Pacific have teamed up to portray the girl Vai’s emancipating journey from girl to woman.
Vai is a beautiful portmanteau feature film made by eight female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in seven different Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). In each of these Pacific nations ‘vai’ means water. It is about the journey of Vai, played by a different indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries and we follow Vai from the day she is 7 years old until she has turned 80. It is a story that in itself obtains stories of so many more girls and women and has a strong overall theme of female emancipation.