12 August, 2006

Film on native cloth launched

The first ever film about Fijian "masi" could have an audience of millions around the world if marketed properly. Cloths of the Gods director, John Sullivan, said the 48-minute documentary had been designed for television release throughout the world. Cloths of the Gods features craftspeople from Veisari village and Vatulele showing the processes of tree harvesting, bark treatment, design and stenciling. There were reenactments of pre-Christian rituals involving "masi" cloth. Launched in Suva on Wednesday night, the film is produced by Human Being Films "a production company which specialises in recording cultural subjects in the Pacific area". Mr Sullivan hoped the film would be a success in the European and Scandinavian countries. "There is a huge "masi" market in Europe and I have been told Germany has a huge market and the best thing about Fiji "masi" is that its still made in the traditional ways and has not changed much", he said. On future projects, Mr Sullivan said the ultimate would be to film a documentary on traditional Fijian village life. Note from GV : For those that will be visiting or wish to stay on in Suva for a few days, a two bedroom home can be viewed and booked with links at the right hand side of this blog or call direct +679 3396427; e-mail gilbert@connect.com.fj. A 20% discount off the rate per night is being offered for the months of August and September 2006. See earlier post in this blog.

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