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Pollywood carries the torch for Pasifika Film

Pollywood has announced a nine-title programme for its thirteenth edition, set to run next month in Auckland. With recent success in the NZ International Film Festival and various local community screenings, festival director Craig Fasi says Pollywood will always find ways to survive and thrive in a non-profit environment and without funding.

That lack of funding is “not for the lack of trying,” notes Fasi. “Funding bodies have been approached and proposals have been declined.”

There has been support for the festival from other quarters. “I am grateful to so many people and organizations that share in my vision,” Fasi says. “They make it possible for Pollywood to grow as a communal entity and continue to breathe today.”

Four of the nine titles selected this year have strong NZ connections. Nikki Si’ulepa’s Mapremiered 2014 in the Hawaii International Film Festival. “This is a personal, up close, testament to a truly unique and amazing woman – my grandma,” said Si’ulepa. Giacomo Martelli’s Images & Sound-produced Coral was recently named for this year’s imagineNATIVE.

The oldest film in the line-up is Hamish Mortland’s Suni Man (pictured top), featuring a pre-Last Saint Beulah Koale. Among the newest is Damon Fepuleai’s Full Circle, a wildcard finalist in this year’s 48Hours competition.

Full Circle

Full Circle

The overall programme is rated M: Sexual references, Violence and Coarse language advised. All the good stuff, then.

Limited to a five screening season, Pollywood132015 opens Sunday 1 November and closes Thursday 26 November. Various directors will attend screenings to conduct Q&As.

Tickets are available via Eventfinda

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Screening schedule:
Opening Night
Mangere Art Centre Nga Tohu o Uenuku
Sun 1 Nov, 5pm, $15.00

Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery
Wed 4 Nov, 6.30pm, $12.00

Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
Sat 14 Nov, 2pm, $12.00

Te Oro Fri 20 Nov, 6.30pm, $12.00

Closing Night
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tamaki
Thurs 26 Nov, 6.30pm, $12.00

The Pollywood132015 programme is (in alphaebtical order by title):
Aue Rarotonga
Rarotonga 2015 | 2 mins | Artist: Cypress Vivieaere-Davis
‘Aue Rarotonga’ is a very personal and simple approach of a young soldier yearning for his homeland. The contrast of the colour images next to the black & white digital footage is to enhance the beauty and colours of his memories of the islands.

Coral
Samoa 2015 | 15 mins | Director/Screenplay: Giacomo Martelli | Executive Producer: Maea Tamasese
Producers: Steve Finnigan, Grant Baker, Fuimaono Alex Wright
South Pacific, present day. Fishing in a forbidden coral lagoon, a young Samoan father makes a shocking discovery. Its consequences will be determined by the struggle between his conscience and his cowardice.

Full Circle
NZ 2015 | 5 mins | Director/Screenplay: Damon Fepuleai
The Goodfellas take on a ‘mistaken identity’ brief for the 48 hour film competition which received an acclaimed Peter Jackson wild card credit honour.

Her Husband
Tahiti 2015 | 10 mins | Director/Screenplay: Georges Tobella
The contrast of two different lifestyles, a simple life (the husband – fisherman/farmer) and the modern life (the wife – a primary school teacher). The husband soon finds out his old simple life suits him much better than the mundane modern.

Islet
Tuvalu 2015 | 11 mins | Director/Producer/Screenplay: Andrew John Fakaua Ponton
Caught looking at naughty magazines, a thirteen-year-old boy must now navigate through the torments of his ultra conservative Tuvalu island community.

Lahaina Noon
Hawaii 2014 | 14 mins | Director/Screenplay: Christopher Kahunahana | Producer: Patricia Buskirk
Three short stories are woven together during a yearly tropical solar phenomenon when the sun passes directly overhead and objects cast no shadow. Hawaiians believe that during the sacred time of Lahaina Noon the sun rests on the brain and for one minute your mana magnifies.

The Lei makers
Hawaii 2014 | 8 mins | Director/Screenplay: Allison Kennedy
Mahealani is a proud Hawaiian lei maker who runs one of the many lei stands at the local airport. Due to close proximity and similarity in products, the stands are always in fierce competition. When Mahealani’s lei stand neighbor and longtime rival, Yoshiko, devises a way to overshadow her, the two stands transform into a battle zone as the women compete to win over each other’s customers.

Ma
Hawaii 2014 | 16 mins | Director/Screenplay: Nikki Si’ulepa | Producers: Ngaire Fuata, Nikki Si’ulepa
Ma is a story about a Samoan grandmother trying to survive life alone. She’s strong-willed and tough but under the rock hard exterior is an old woman trying to endure what’s left of her existence. Ma is about a women’s strength, weakness, love and humanity in a world that has almost forgotten her.

Suni Man
NZ 2012 | 19 mins | Director/Screenplay: Hamish Mortland
A touching, yet brutal coming-of-age story of a young Samoan man who must find the courage to choose between a stable life with his loving and traditional family, or an exciting yet treacherous life with his delinquent and dangerous friends.