Vai

2019
88min
Feature
Synopsis: 

Vai is a portmanteau feature film made by nine female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in seven different Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of Vai, played by a different indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries. In each of these Pacific nations ‘vai’ means water.

Status: 
Complete, Released
Genre: 
Drama
New Zealand distributor: 
Vendetta Films
Festival/Awards: 
2019: Berlinale, Māoriland, SXSW, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian ‘Native Cinema Showcase’ New York, LA Asian Pacific Film Festival, Seattle International Film Festival, Roxbury International Film Festival, Sydney Film Festival, Taormina Film Festival Sicily, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Durban International Film Festival, Woods Hole Film Festival Cape Cod, Asinabka Film Festival Ottawa, Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian ‘Native Cinema Showcase Santa Fe, Film Festival Ludwigshafen, We Are Here Film Festival New York, Port Townsend Film Festival Washington, Women Make Waves Film Festival Taiwan, Arica Nativa Film Festival Chile, Casa Asia Film Festival Barcelona, San Diego Asian Film Festival, Rocky Mountain Women’s Film Festival Colorado, Perspectives Film Festival Singapore, Terres des Femmes Women’s Worlds Film Festival Germany, Leiden International Film Festival Netherlands, Polish Federation of Film Societies’ 56th Annual Film Seminal, Aussie & Kiwi Film Festival Prague, Papua New Guinea Human Rights Film Festival, imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival, Hawaii International Film Festival, Musée du Quai Branly Paris ‘D'Auteur-Langues Ancestrales’ film programme