Big, big News- Two Films About Pukapuka

A couple of days ago I received an update about the upcoming documentary film, Homecoming, which tells the story of the atoll of Pukapuka through the intergenerational story of two bi-cultural women Johnny Frisbie and Amelia Borofsky who journey home after decades away.

Director, Gemma Cubero del Barrio, posted the update that I’m dying to share…

Writing you with a BIG SURPRISE!! Thanks to your support in 2015 and the funding we received in 2017 from the United Nation’s Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program, Cook Islands, youʻll enjoy not one but two films about Pukapuka! This 14-minute forthcoming short documentary Our Atoll Speaks (KO TALATALA MAI TŌ MĀTOU WENUA) is a meditation on climate change and the indigenous knowledge.  Everyone in Pukapuka/Nassau contributed to this communal film project.

Take a look at the trailer! Also, visit our Talcual Films page to learn more. The voice you hear is beautiful Johnny’s Frisbie and the film narration came from interviews with people in Pukapuka/Nassau from 2015 to 2017.

Our Atoll Speaks will premiere in Aotearoa/New Zealand on June 1st, 2019 at Wairoa Maori Film Festival within the Moana Nui Kiwa shorts film category! Check the Wairoa Maori Film Festival schedule and join us if you can! Gemma will attend.

Also the day before the premiere the Kau Wo Wolo ( Council of Important People) will do a public screening in Pukapuka so everyone can watch and see their name listed in the ending credits before it goes out into the world.

Our Atoll Speaks  will be freely available on the website after it premieres at festivals and shows on Cook Islands television. We will announce when you can see the full short documentary online. Email us at if you have any questions.

Don’t forget to check-out two books published by Dockside Sailing Press about the Frisbie family:

Mr. Moonlight of the South Seas

Miss Ulysses from Puka-Puka

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