Pacific Film Festival

The Pacific Film Festival will be held at the Honolulu Academy of Arts in the Doris Duke Theatre on Kinau Street, between Ward Avenue and Victoria Street, Honolulu, Hawaii, from Friday, August 7, 2009, to Sunday, August 9, 2009. Some exceptional Pacific films will be shown and all the film screenings are free.

An Island Calling (2008, 75 minutes) by filmmaker Annie Goldson explores the killing in Fiji of the prominent gay couple John Scott and his partner of 20 years Greg Scrivener, who were murdered in their Suva home in 2001. John, director of the Fiji Red Cross, had become well-known for his courage during the coup of 2000, when he assisted hostages held by George Speight and his followers. John and Greg were killed in the name of God by Apete Kaisau, a young indigenous Fijian man who had been friends with the couple. Shown at 7:30 pm on Friday, August 7, 2009, and also at 1 pm on Sunday, August 9, 2009.

From Street to Sky (2008, 62 minutes) by filmmaker Bryn Evans is a documentary about New Zealand musician Tigilau Ness, who waited 27 years to release his first album. Born in Auckland to Niuean parents, he dedicated the early part of his life to protest. At 20, he joined the Polynesian Panthers, insisting that Māori and Pacific Islanders present a united front on issues of Māori sovereignty. In 1981, he was imprisoned after the South African Rugby tour protests. He subsequently became a devout Rastafarian. Shown at 1 pm on Saturday, August 8, 2009.

The Oasis (2008, 75 minutes) by Sascha Ettinger-Epstein and Ian Darling is a raw observation documentary filmed over two years in inner city Sydney. The focus is youth refuge director Captain Paul Moulds’s daily battle to save tough kids from tough backgrounds, living dangerous lives. Shown at 4 pm on Saturday, August 8, 2009.

Killer Whale and Crocodile (2007, 48 minutes) by Peter Campbell tells the story of John Marston, a Coast Salish carver from Vancouver Island, and Teddy Balangu, an Iatmul carver from New Guinea, who travel together, sharing each other’s culture and learning about the myths and legends that inform their arts. Shown at 7:30 pm on Saturday, August 8, 2009.

The Poet’s Salary (Le Salaire du Poete) (2008, 59 minutes), written and directed by anthropologist Eric Wittersheim, follows Alexandre François, a French linguist, when he revisits the island of Motalavai, Vanuatu, with his family for the launching of an epic traditional chant dedicated to his own work. The film is in Bislama and Mwotlap with French or English subtitles. Shown at 4 pm on Sunday, August 9, 2009.

River of No Return (2008, 52 minutes) by Darlene Johnson is about Frances Daingangan, from the remote community of Ramingining in Northeast Arnhem land, who dreamed of being a movie star - a dream that came true with the film Ten Canoes. The film is a story of transformation, as Frances learns to move between her Yolngu heritage and a culture of red carpets and awards ceremonies. Showing at 7:30 pm on Sunday, August 9, 2009.