Mamao Blues, Immersion into the soul of Polynesia’s eternal CHT (Regional Hospital Centre)

Except for newcomers, everyone knew from near or far, through a consultation, having given birth there, visited someone close to them or accompanied a loved one during the last days of their life, Mama’o Hospital, one of the nation’s real institutions. Today, its car park and its corridors are deserted. Taaone Hospital and its several hundreds of thousands invested have taken over. It was an opportunity to pay a last tribute to moments spent, to the staff and to the sick of the former hospital centre. We listen to everyday life for the establishment’s practitioners, anaesthetists, nurses or emergency medics, we meet newborns in the neo-natal unit, we watch a birth, and we also question the resistance of Polynesians confronting pain, or rather their difficulty verbalising it, and the way in which they seem to accept death more readily… We are happy to participate in this busy life during the film, to be able to say goodbye before discovering the new hospital which will from now on welcome new generations to Pirae. Without forgetting to put the history of Mama’o into context (we discover notably that the establishment takes its name from a forest of ma’o on which it was built), Jacques Navarro-Rovira offers us a sensitive, tender, poetic and incontestably very moving immersion.


A moved audience…

 Yvette, 64 years old

‘A great tribute’

It’s a magnificent film with a great deal of emotion. I worked at Mamao, I was a paediatrician there and I think it is a great tribute to the hospital, to its history and its staff…


Sophie, 32 years old

‘Very comprehensive and very moving’

It’s a very moving film. I found that it was well transcribed and interpreted perfectly the Polynesian soul, the pain, the joy… I found it very comprehensive and very moving. I wholeheartedly recommend it.

Sandrine, 35 years old

‘A beautiful documentary’

A beautiful documentary, which gives a good impression of the way in which Tahitians said goodbye to this hospital, with the good and the bad moments spent there. We have been here for three generations, so my parents knew Jean Prince, I knew Mama’o and my children will know Taaone, I think it’s good to have this continuity. Now that the new hospital is up and running, we have moved on. There is no time to look back.