26 June, 2006

Pacific movies go on show in Suva

New Zealander, Toa Fraser, is among a group of Pacific Island movie directors whose films will be shown at a film festival in Suva in the first week of July. Fraser's debut feature film, No. 2, which won the World Cinema Audience Award (Drama) at the 2006 Sundance Film Festival in January, will be screened at Village 6 Cinemas along with some other acclaimed movies. They include two short films - O Tamaiti : The Children, and Still Life by award-winning Samoan-born Kiwi Sima Urale. Fiji-born Vilisoni Hereniko's The Land Has Eyes, the first feature film made in Fiji, will also make a return to Suva during the festival. The festival is part of the first Pacific epistemology conference that will be held in Suva from 3 to 7 July. Hosted by the University of the South Pacific's School of Language, Arts and Media, the conference, dubbed Vaka Vuku - Navigating Knowledge, brings together about 150 delegates from New Zealand, Australia, Europe and the Northern Pacific region. Conference convener, Larry Thomas, says the event gives artists and musicians a change to participate in the academic forum. The likes of Mr Fraser and other leading Pacific Islands moviemakers were invited to display their work. Fraser's movie revolves around an elderly Fijian widow, Nana Maria, who shares her ramshackle house with two grandchildren. The lead role is played by Afro-American screen legend and activist, Ruby Dee. Like Fraser, Urale is an award-winning writer and director. Note from GV : For accommodation in Suva, a two bedroom furnished home is available. Please check details and photos on the links at the right hand side of this blog. We can also be contacted directly on telephone +679 3396427 or e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj for enquiries and/or bookings.

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