The documentary film, Homecoming: A Film About Pukapuka, has recently finished shooting. The film was shot in four locations (Hawaii, Rarotonga, Pukapuka, and New Zealand). The filmmakers have over 150 hours of footage, a thousand photos, and over 70 interviews. Indeed, a successful shoot!
Sound Recorder, Ray Day said, “I have traveled to fifty-three countries and Pukapuka is by far the warmest and most enthusiastic about being filmed and recorded.” Everyone on the atoll sang and danced and played their hearts out for the film. The film’s director/producer, Gemma Cubero del Barrio, added, “Pukapuka is so organized and so civilized.”
Despite an outbreak of the flu, the Island Council hosted two days of traditional Christmas sports for the documentary. Sports on show included coconut husking, lele ipu (running with coconut shell on head), toto (stick throwing), popoko (wrestling), and of course volleyball.
Two composers, Poila Poila and Loly Paulo, even wrote an original song for the documentary called “Homecoming”.
In Pacific Islands’ standard (and reputation), the crew of the film certainly got their fill of many feasts that were hosted by such organizations as the The Island Council, the CICC church, and the SDA church. They ate to their heart’s content of coconut crabs—truly the most delicious food on the planet!
Now, the filmmakers will start reviewing all the footage that they shot, and the post production part begins. Can’t wait for the film to be released. I will keep you updated on any new news regarding the film. Until then, enjoy this photo of the sun rising on Motu Ku. (Photo courtesy of the Homecoming Kickstarter.com campaign.)