Directors Nicole Whippy, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Miria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga| 2019 | 90 minutes | Drama | New Zealand | Fijian, Tongan, Roviana (Solomon Islands), Samoan, Cook Islands Maori, Niuean, English, Maori (NZ)
Official Selection – Berlinale Film Festival 2019 – NATIVe
Official Selection – SXSW 2019
Official Selection – Maoriland Film Festival 2019
Official Selection – Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival 2019
Winner – Best Narrative Feature – Roxbury International Film Festival 2019
Jury Award Runner Up – Best Dramatic Feature – Woods Hole Film Festival 2019
Official Selection – Port Townsend Film Festival 2019
Opening the 2019 Berlinale’s NATIVe section, VAI is a film about female empowerment telling the story of one woman’s life in eight separate moments from the perspective of eight different Pacific Island cultures.
Beautifully shot, celebratory and epic, at times heartbreaking and uplifting, VAI is a seamless portmanteau film directed by eight female Pacific directors.
“Its female perspective and excellent production qualities make it stand out.”
– Pop Axiom
“Themes of family, belonging and tradition … resonated with me personally.”
“There’s no doubt that Pacific Island women are under pressure – and yet what perhaps makes Vai so accessible, despite its sometimes exotic setting, is that women all over the world feel the same. Dreams are shattered, children need to be cared for, trying to be all things to all people is a burden.”
– The Movie Isle
Nicole Whippy, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Miria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga– Directors
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