Homecoming: A Film About Pukapuka

Kia Orana!

I would like to call your attention to a special documentary film project that needs a little help with fundraising on Kickstarter. It is a passionate, poignant, and informative look at Pukapuka, Cook Islands- one of the most remote places on earth. The title is: Homecoming: A Film About Pukapuka.

This feature-length documentary explores environmental and social issues through two women writers and friends: Former Rarotonga resident Johnny Frisbie, a Pukapukan-American writer’s daughter, and Amelia Borofsky, an American anthropologist’s daughter.

The film follows their return journey to this spiritual place.  Along the way they speak with climate change experts, Pukapukan elders, and reunite with Johnny’s 84-year-old brother Charlie Frisbie who still lives on the atoll, and whom Johnny has not seen in decades.

Pukapuka is now threatened by climate change, environmental migration and the gradual disappearance of an ancient culture and language that has been preserved for more than 2,000 years.

The film is written, directed and produced by by Hawaii-based Gemma Cubero del Barrio. Gemma is a bilingual writer, producer, and director with an MA from USC Annenberg School of Journalism. Her film, Ella es el Matador (She is the Matador) is an award winning film that had its broadcast premiere on POV, PBS.

I encourage everyone to visit the Kickstarter page to watch the trailer, and make a donation to the project. No donation is too small. But, please, act quickly, as there is only a few days left to back this campaign!

Here’s the link:


Or simply click here.

Thanks! Mahalo! Meitaki!


Pukapuka from the air

About islandculturearchivalsupport

Island Culture Archival Support (ICAS) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of records pertaining to the cultural identity of island peoples in Melanesia, Micronesia and Polynesia whose national and public archives, libraries, cultural centers, and business organizations are underprivileged, underfunded, and understaffed. The specific purpose for which this nonprofit corporation was formed is to support the needs of these South Pacific cultural heritage institutions by helping to preserve and make accessible records created for business, accountability or cultural purposes. The organization will endeavor to add value by providing resources or volunteers to advise, train, and work among island residents to support their efforts in building their future and preserving their collective memory through the use of modern archival techniques.
This entry was posted in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s