“Homecoming: A Film About Pukapuka,” a documentary on climate change, the South Pacific, and two daughters coming home, has recently had an update. The film is in the final stages of editing, composing the film score, and retelling the story in some new and surprising ways! Tony and Grammy award winning music producer Todd Sickafoose is working to compose an original score.
In the meantime the short film, Our Atoll Speaks (KO TALATALA MAI TŌ MĀTOU WENUA) continues to move audiences around the world.
In May 2019 the film had its red carpet world premiere in Pukapuka. To view the fun photos from Brian Opo and Kole Tinga click here. The film then traveled to the Wairoa Maori Film Festival in Aotearoa and was highlighted on Maori Television.
Throughout the summer it traveled through New Zealand with the New Zealand International Film Festival (NZIFF). Last August the film opened the Te Tuki Airani Film Festival in Rarotonga, Cook Islands and also aired on Cook Islands Television. At the end of the year the Pollywood Pasifika Film Festival screened the film multiple times in communities in Auckland and Mangere, NZ.
In November the film fabulously premiered at the Hawaii International Film Festival (HIFF). The film also screened at schools in Oahu and Kauai as part of the HIFF educational program. The filmmakers want to thank film critic Mark Schilling from the Japan Times for highlighting our film in his final review of the festival. The film also showed on all Hawaiian Airlines flights from October 2019-January 2020!
The filmmakers are now preparing to celebrate the European premiere of the Our Atoll at SECIME in Spain. For this editor Kyung Lee and Gemma have subtitled the beautiful narration into Spanish so we can take the film to Spanish-speaking audiences!
As a final highlight Our Atoll Speaks will premiere in San Francisco at the International Ocean Film Festival in San Francisco in March. The film will be receiving the 2020 Coastal Culture Award after the film screening on March 14th at 7pm in the Cowell Theater in San Francisco. Come join us if you can! We dedicate the award to Pukapuka and all the Wales (Pukapukans) around the world.
At the end of March the film will travel to Miami to be part of the educational conference CIES 2020 Miami Education Beyond the Human. The filmmakers also hope for funding to build a website and an educational campaign to take the film into schools. In 2020 they will await news about an Australian premiere and other festivals. So much more to come!
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