Film in Postproduction

The Island in Me

The Island In Me (aka Homecoming) takes the viewer to the Polynesian atoll of Pukapuka, a unique place never before captured in film. With only four hundred inhabitants and ten meters above sea level, the atoll has stories to tell. The film follows two women who grew up here and return home after decades away to find the atoll, and themselves, forever changed. Amelia Hokulea Borofsky, the daughter of anthropologist Robert Borofsky who lived in Pukapuka in the mid 1970’s and Johnny Frisbie, a Cook Island legend in her own right. Her book Miss Ulysses of Puka-Puka written at age fifteen, was the first published literary work by a Pacific Islander author. Filmmaker Gemma Cubero del Barrio also weaves in her own intimate story. The Island in Me is a deeply moving, poetic, and reflective film on memory, loss, and the universal search for wholeness.

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Production Photos

Photography stills by Gabrielle Fa’ai’uaso.

Homecoming Gifts

The Homecoming documentary is currently in production. In 2015 we conducted a successful Kickstarter Campaign that made possible to film for the first time in Pukapuka. We are in the process of editing the film, and we have gifts you can purchase to support our project. You can purchase a University of Pukapuka T-shirt or a Map of Pukapuka Tote Bag for yourself or your loved ones. Please select your gift and make sure you choose the right size and color. All funds will go towards funding the editing and completion of Homecoming. Atawaiwolo, muchas gracias, and eternal gratitude for your support!

Tote bag — $30

T-Shirts — $50


Thank you to our funders

La Fetra Foundation Pacific Islanders in Communications Kickstarter Campaign Backers James G Hart Foundation Global Environment Facility Small Grants Program, Cook Islands. Nancy Kittle & Nu Lambda Trust Anonymous Donors