Vai

Directed by Multiple Directors
2019
New Zealand
90 minutes
Unclassified 15+
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Fabulously rich storytelling from the South Pacific: the imaginary figure Vai is every woman of every age. A beautifully crafted portmanteau feature by nine women filmmakers.

This beautiful-looking anthology was shot in seven different Pacific countries – Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). In each location, a different Indigenous actress plays Vai at singular stages in her life, over a single day: beginning as a seven-year-old girl in Fiji (Mereani Tui Matanisiga) and ending in New Zealand as a great-grandmother (Hintu Dell) to the next generation. Producers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton (the team that created Waru) have assembled an impressive team of directors and actors to deliver a delightful, passionate portrait of an environment, culture, community and its womenfolk.

It isn’t just gorgeous, it feels spiritually poignant, a reaffirmation of cultural identity and a showcase of the strength of women’s stories.
Monica Castillo, rogerebert.com

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7:30pm
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Program Strand
Focus on New Zealand, First Nations, Festival Guests
Original Title
Vai
Year
2019
Classification
Unclassified 15+
Country
New Zealand
Language
In Fijian, Tongan, Roviana (Solomon Islands) Samoan, Cook Islands Māori, Niuean, English and Maori (NZ) with English subtitles
Director
Becs Arahanga, Nicole Whippy, 'Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Miria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Diana Fuemana
Producer
Kerry Warkia, Kiel McNaughton
Cast
Mereani Tuimatanisiga, Ar-Ramadi Longopoa, Betsy Luitolo, Agnes Pele, Evotia-Rose Araiti, Fiona Collins, Maliaga Erick, Hinetu Dell
Screenwriter
Sharon Whippy, Nicole Whippy, Ofa-ki-levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Miria George, Marina Alofagia, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Diana Fuemana, Becs Arahanga
Cinematographer
Drew Sturge
Editor
Dione Chard
Premiere
Australian Premiere
Genre
Women Directors, Filmmaking, First Nations, Focus on Women
Company Credits
Distributor: Vendetta Films
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