FIFO 2023

2023 Films selection

Discover the Selection of films that will be presented at FIFO 2023.

The films have been selected by a Preselection Committee and are divided into 4 categories :

Competing
Films

13 films selected in this category

Non-competing films

12 films selected in this category

Short
Films

8 short
documentaries

Oceanian
fiction

13th Night of Oceanian Fiction (9 films)

COMPETING FILMS

Ten to fifteen films are selected in the Competing Films category each year because they are the very essence of FIFO. While several themes mesh the FIFO selection, the films in this category testify both to the great diversity of Oceania but also to the technical quality of film productions in the region.

New Zealand

A BOY CALLED PIANO – THE STORY OF FA’AMOANA JOHN LUAFUTU

Summary : In New Zealand, Fa’amoana John Luafutu was born into a Samoan emigrant family around 1960. An innocent baby, he has childhood memories of piano and singing. But John […]

Australia

ABLAZE

Summary : In Australia, Tiriki Onus thought he knew everything about his grandfather Bill who was a cultural leader, entrepreneur, impresario, comedian and activist… But it also appears that he […]

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New Caledonia

ANDI – MARIE-CLAUDE TJIBAOU

Summary : New Caledonia and the portrait of an undisputedly influential woman: the widow of Jean Marie Tjibaou, lives a life linked to the history of her country. But who […]

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Australia

CLEAN

Summary : In Melbourne, Australia, Sandra Pankurst runs a business specialising in the cleaning of very messy, dirty places, drug laboratories, death and murder scenes… This very surprising character, traumatised […]

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New Zealand

DAME VALERIE ADAMS: MORE THAN GOLD

Summary : Portrait of A woman: Valerie Adams, 4-time Olympic shot put champion. This Tongan-born sportswoman with her exceptional physique and stamina has become an icon for New Zealand. Before […]

Australia

FRANKLIN

Summary : In Tasmania, Australia lies a valley and the wild and magnificent Franklin river. Oliver Cassidy takes a solo rafting trip down the river, paying homage to his father […]

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Australia

INCARCERATION NATION

Summary : Incarceration Nation exposes the Australian state’s relentless response to Aboriginal people. The film links this response to the colonial legacy and shows discrimination and trauma. Is it pure […]

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New Zealand

MILKED

Summary : Set in New Zealand, Milked follows a young environmentalist who raises the issue of the overdevelopment of agriculture and the dairy industry (cow’s milk). When we know that […]

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French Polynesia

MOTU HAKA, LE COMBAT DES ÎLES MARQUISES

Summary : For more than 40 years, in the Marquesas Islands, the members of the Motu Haka Association have united to gather, safeguard and enhance what remains of their culture. […]

New Zealand

NO MĀORI ALLOWED

Summary : When painful memories have been hidden and are linked to segregation, racist acts, with acts of violence, should they be kept silent? “No”, says a teacher in this […]

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Hawaii

THE HEALER STONES OF KAPAEMAHU

Summary : Hawaii. Near the famous Waikīkī Beach in Honolulu, four stone giants have long stood as mana-laden souvenirs left by four Tahitian māhū who came in ancient times to […]

New Caledonia

WAAN YAAT – SUR UNE TERRE DE LA RÉPUBLIQUE

Summary : This film retraces one of the bloody episodes of the “Events” in New Caledonia. On December 5th 1984, in Waan Yaat, in the Hienghene valley, a trap was […]

Hawaii

WATERMAN

Summary : The portrait of an exceptional man, a native Hawaiian, Paoa Kahanamoku, also known as Duke, who became a living legend in the 1910’s by becoming a five-time Olympic […]

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NON-COMPETING FILMS

The non-competing films presented at FIFO are a selection of complementary films which can shed new light, or even a new approach in the way of approaching the issues of the Pacific.

Australia

AGE OF RAGE – THE AUSTRALIAN PUNK REVOLUTION

Summary : When the punk movement arrived in Australia in the 1970s, it was welcomed with open arms. The punk attitude was embraced and personalized by many young urban Australians: […]

New Zealand

CHATHAM ISLANDERS

Summary : The Chatham Islands are a solitary archipelago situated to the south-east of and dependent upon New Zealand, the islanders’ strength lies in their sense of community. The first […]

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New Caledonia

EDOU ET THUTHU, NOS TRAVERSÉES REGGAE

Summary : This film is based on the portraits of two men, Edou and Thuthukani Cele, Edou is a Kanak musician from Lifou. Thuthukani Cele is a South African musician, […]

Australia

GREENHOUSE BY JOOST

Summary : This is the story of the construction of a house in Melbourne: the house of Joost Bakker an environmentalist. The documentary follows Bakker and his project for a […]

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French Polynesia

J’AI SIGNÉ

Summary : In French Polynesia, religion appears to promise an effective remedy for smoking, alcohol and drug addictions. Take a sheet of paper, a pen, a signature and add a […]

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Hawaii

KĀHULI

Summary : In Hawaii, there are many species of snails, often with beautiful shells, but even though they play an important role in the local culture and Hawaiian ecosystem, some […]

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France

LES TROIS MAISONS DU PÈRE RODET

Summary : The New Hebrides, a Franco-British colony, became Vanuatu in 1980. After 140 years of colonisation and evangelisation, it’s a country in search of its culture. Father Rodet, a […]

FranceFrench Polynesia

MORUROA PAPA

Summary : Here, a French father who took part in the nuclear tests on Moruroa in the 1970s, a Polynesian mother and their adult son, who now lives in France, […]

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French Polynesia

PASSEUR DE LÉGENDES

Summary : In French Polynesia, Matorai, a young Polynesian is in search of his identity… He practices an ancestral art called ‘ōrero, this is the art of declamation in a […]

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French Polynesia

RAPA, NAÎTRE ICI VIVRE LÀ-BAS

Summary : Rapa in French Polynesia is an isolated, mysterious and bewitching island. There’s a very strong link connecting those who were born there to their lands, but it is […]

Australia

SENSES OF CINEMA

Summary : Australia in the 1960’s… The “new wave” of Australian cinema… Experiments, “underground” testing Australian style: breasts, bellies, bodies. Communities, making films, showing them… Feminism, Marxism, Avant-gardism… Questing, even […]

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France

WALLIS ET FUTUNA, UNE HISTOIRE SINGULIÈRE

Summary : Wallis and Futuna are two Pacific islands that together form a small French territory. Since its settlement in 800 BC, they’ve had a complex history, however today the […]

SHORT FILMS

The “Short Films” is the annual event that opens the door to the region’s audiovisual know-how and on the storytelling talent of our Oceanian cousins. An evening to travel to the borders of Oceanian stories, cultures and imaginary worlds! This evening will focus on the themes of family, love and identity.

New Zealand

FAST EDDIE

Summary : In New Zealand, Eddie suffers from a serious illness, a neurodegenerative disorder that has robbed him of his voice, his mobility and above all a normal life. His […]

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New Zealand

HE ŌHĀKĪ – IMPARTING WORDS OF WISDOM

Summary : Aotearoa in 1986. John Rangihau led a committee that delivered a very harsh public report on New Zealand’s institutional racism, the Riao Te Ata To. It was unprecedented. […]

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New Zealand

KAVA ‘O AOTEAROA

Summary : In New Zealand a group of cultural custodians is preparing a kava ceremony, Tongan style. The idea is to create a place and moments of traditional culture within […]

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French Polynesia

LE RĀHUI POUR LA BIODIVERSITÉ

Summary : This is the Tahitian peninsula, Teahupo’o and Tautira. On an island where life depends on the ocean, the rāhui is a very useful ancestral tradition that can be […]

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New Zealand

MANA OVER METH

Summary : Aotearoa and methamphetamine. Jessica Apanui seeks to transform her life, a life devastated by drug addiction. To do this and protect her child, she analyses her past, frees […]

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Australia

MOURNING COUNTRY

Summary : Noel Buttler, an Aboriginal man, stands on the ashes of his property after the devastating fires of 2020 in Australia. Trees and animals are gone. Species are extinct. […]

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New Zealand

TESTIMONY

Summary : In New Zealand the Prime Minister made a public apology for the dawn raids by police 45 years earlier. Tesimoni Fuaavao’s Tongan parents were wrongly imprisoned and Tesimoni […]

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Australia

THE DREAMLIFE OF GEORGIE STONE

Summary : This film tells the extraordinary story of a young transgender woman in Australia. As a young woman she helped change the law. Later she was able to assert […]

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13th Oceanian Fiction Night

Grand Theater – Saturday 4th February – 7pm

Since 2007, FIFO has opened its screens to fiction. The idea: a selection of short fiction films, each lasting less than 30 minutes. Diversity, creativity, identity, originality, traditions and modernity, a few portraits, a quality selection. Not to be missed… and to be enjoyed without moderation!

Hawaii

E MALAMA PONO WILLY BOY

Summary : Called in on his day off to evict the occupants of a community camp deemed illegal by the state, a Hawaiian police officer is forced to choose between […]

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French Polynesia

FIND WHERE I BELONG

Summary : Life on the streets of New Zealand for two homeless men: John, the older man, seems to like this life and to be at home here. Elvis, the […]

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Hawaii

INHERITANCE

Summary : In Hawaii a young photographer tries to make a living from his photos of Hawaiian nature and volcanoes. But he must also confront the legacy of his family’s […]

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France

LA NAISSANCE D’UN GUERRIER

Summary : Siwane, a young Kanak, is in France as part of a New Caledonian dance troupe during a cultural exchange. In the wings of a Parisian theatre, dressed in […]

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New Zealand

PERIANAYAKI

Summary : In New Zealand, the invisible Perianayaki is an emigrant from Sri Lanka. She does not speak English. She has a job stocking the shelves of the local supermarket, […]

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Australia

PINK REEF

Summary : Australia. A mermaid in search of her identity, living in a suburban world with no running water…encounters with isolation, disconnection and psychic disorder? How to integrate into such […]

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Hawaii

READY FORWARD

Summary : Hawaii and a couple of lonely retirees… Loving each other, they struggle to overcome their differences and their guilt. Will they really be able to get along together? […]

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Hawaii

SINA MA TINIRAU

Summary : Hawaii and a cartoon based on a Fijian legend. When a prince is cursed by an eel, he must win the love of a beautiful woman to become […]

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Australia

VICTIM

Summary : Australia, 2022. A single mother and her son. Beau is just a teenager, like every other teenager. But his behaviour grows increasingly alarming to his mother. Will her […]

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