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19–30 JUNE 2019
  • Director

    Nicole Whippy, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Mīria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga

  • Starring

    Hinetu Dell, Evotia-Rose Araiti, Betsy Luitolo

  • Run Time

    91 mins

  • Release Year

    2019

  • Country of Origin

    New Zealand

  • Language

    Fijian, Tongan, Roviana (Solomon Islands), Samoan, Cook Islands Māori, Niuean, English, Māori (NZ)

  • Director of Photography: Drew Sturge

  • Editor: Dione Chard

  • Produced by: Kerry Warkia, Kiel McNaughton

  • Music: Lauren King

  • Screenplay by: Sharon Whippy, Nicole Whippy, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Mīria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga

  • Production Designer: Riria Lee

  • Sound Production: Derek Metivier

UK PREMIERE

Vai

Part of the World Perspectives Strand

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This magnificent and truly memorable film is made by nine female Pacific filmmakers and shot in seven different Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Āotearoa (New Zealand). It follows the lifetime of Vai, played by a series of different indigenous actors in each of the Pacific countries, from a small child in Fiji through to an elderly woman in Āotearoa. In each nation, ‘vai’ means water. A beautiful, life-affirming film that brims with compassion, insight and respect. [12A]

Vai is nominated for the 2019 Award for Best International Feature Film.

Mobility supported by the Asia-Europe Foundation (ASEF)



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