Our Atoll Speaks selected at New Zealand International Film Festival!

BREAKING NEWS: Our Atoll Speaks premieres at the New Zealand International Film Festival in beautiful company of Ngā Whanaunga Māori Pasifika Shorts 2019!

Take a look at the graceful words from the curator!

Thank you Leo Koziol and NIFF wonderful team for selecting our film!! Dates and venues/ cities to be announced but please take a look at the fresh lineup! Venues, Cities and Screening dates to be announced. More to come!


Maori Television highlights Our Atoll Speaks!

Click to view Maori TV segment on the Wairoa Maori Film Festival. https://teaomaori.news/sharing-indigenous-stories-through-film

Gemma speaks about the film at the end of this TV segment

Our Atoll Speaks screens at Wairoa Maori Film Festival!

Our Atoll Speaks premiered in Aotearoa/New Zealand on June 1st, 2019 at Wairoa Maori Film Festival within the Moana Nui Kiwa shorts film category! Gemma attended and here we share some of the beautiful moments! Thank you Leo Koziol and Louisa Tipene Opetaia for programming the film and for the wonderful experience!

Louisa Tipene Opetaia presents Our Atoll Speaks at the Kahungunu Marae
Wonderful audience at Wairoa Maori Film Festival

Part of the experience at Wairoa Maori Film Festival is that audiences and filmmakers stay at the Marae getting a the full festival experience
More of the audience
Everyone watching Our Atoll Speaks
Children were also there getting to see Pukapuka for the first time
Gemma at Q&A with filmmakers attending Wairoa Maori Film Festival
Making new friends
Mana Wahine at Wairoa
Filmmakers, audience and volunteers on the bus to Wairoa
Lunch stop – Aotearoa is beautiful
Wairoa sky

Our Atoll Speaks premieres in Pukapuka!

Our Atoll Speak (KO TALATALA MAI TŌ MĀTOU WENUA) screens in Pukapuka! Enjoy the beautiful pictures of the event taken by Brian Opo and Kolee Tinga. Atawawolo to Pio Ravarua, the Kau Wo Wolo ( Council of Important People) and everyone in Pukapuka for making this film possible! Everyone in the atoll was included in the ending credits of the film. This is so very exciting!!

First screening ever of Our Atoll Speaks in Pukapuka
Before the film premieres in New Zealand we fulfill the promise to show in the atoll
Everyone is watching
Thank you Pukapuka for making this film possible
Pio Ravarua screening the film as everyone reads their names on the credits

Not one but two films about Pukapuka: Our Atoll Speaks!


Thanks to your support in 2015 and the funding we received in 2017 from the UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme, hosted by the Cook Islands Red Cross Society,  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 indigenous knowledge.  Everyone in Pukapuka/Nassau contributed to this communal film project. 

Take a look at the teaser trailer and learn more about the making of this film at Our Atoll Speaks Talcual Films webpage. 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.

More news on festival premieres next!