Pollywood screened eight films by Pacific filmmakers, of both amateur and professional calibre, at the Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery on November 2nd, leaving a wowed audience stunned by the talent on offer.
The films are a mix of genres, from the deconstructive piece Smiths Ave about a young man who receives a call from his estranged father, prompting him to ponder events from his childhood, to the expository narrative Blackbird shedding light on a little known part of history, Australia’s sugar slaves stolen from the Pacific Islands.
Director of Pollywood, Craig Fasi, who’s been curating the event for 14 years, said passion is what keeps him going.
With the aims of showcasing Pacific filmmaking talent, the Niuean has said before that the often Pasifika stories are portrayed through an outsider’s lens and so it’s amazing to have these films made by Pasifika people.
Look out for our journalist, Laumata Lauano’s, top picks from Pollywood in the next issue of SPASIFIK Magazine.
There are still two more screenings for you to check out:
Sat 5 Nov 2016, 5:00pm–7:00pm, at the Mangere Arts Centre (Buy tickets)
Sat 12 Nov 2016, 2:00pm–3:30pm, at Auckland Art Gallery (Buy tickets)