You have just seen the film “Paitangi” what are your impressions?
“I was born in New Zealand and I am sensitive to anything to do with Maori culture. I think the documentary is very interesting, as it shows how difficult it is for women to keep their culture alive faced by men.
You have seen several films since the start of FIFO. Do you have a firm favourite?
I saw ‘Kumu Hina’ earlier. I teach tourism and I like to see films about my culture or Pacific cultures. ‘Kumu Hina’ is the winner for me. This documentary raises profound issues in society. Without personally being in a mahu issue, we identify with Hina. I identified with her, I recognised myself as a Polynesian. Her difficulties are similar to those encountered by heterosexual couples.
Is FIFO an unmissable event for you?
This is the first year that I am able to take my class, where we can see the films together and talk about them. It’s great. It is a festival that must continue, as it offers a wider perspective on Oceania.
Sophie: “Coral Triangle, a beautiful and optimistic film”
What worlds have you discovered this year at FIFO?
I saw ‘Sovereignty Dreaming, the Revolt of Dreams’ that addresses Aboriginal women opposing a landfill site for nuclear waste. Aboriginal issues interest me greatly. I also discovered ’The Coral Triangle: Paradise under Pressure.’ The film footage is magnificent. I discovered this region. It was very beautiful and at the same time optimistic.
Are you a FIFO regular?
Yes, I come regularly.
What is the next documentary that you are going to discover?
I am going to see ‘Bobby, the Revival of Polynesian Culture.’ I knew the music and Bobby’s art. I really wanted to see this documentary. I know that has already been on television, but I didn’t have a chance to see it. I cannot wait to see it, to see Bobby again.
Roland: “Kumu Hina aroused my awareness”
What films made their mark upon you today?
I saw ‘Kumu Hina’ and ‘Sovereignty Dreaming, the Revolt of Dreams’ There is the struggle of the Aborigines to preserve their culture, but also their land. Land preoccupies us in Polynesia too. We have difficulty belonging.
Do you have a preference between the two films?
‘Kumu Hina.’ It is like a friend who has awakened my awareness in terms of culture preservation. Like Hina with her pupils, we must show the younger generations who we are. My firm favourite is ‘Kumu Hina.’