Sharing and celebrating Pasifika stories from around the globe
Photo: Still from Power Meri (2018)
Pasifika Film Festival (PFF) co-directors Kalo Fainu and Eliorah Malifa first joined forces on a student film after discovering they were the only Pacific Islanders in their masters program at university.
Having a shared love of everything Pasifika, the two ladies worked together again on the inaugural event after Kalo founded the idea in 2013, and they have both never looked back.
Photo: Still from Gwala Rising (2018)
With consistently positive feedback from people of all walks of life, the ladies hope to continue their work in showcasing the art of Pacific storytelling through film, while also working to inspire Pasifika writers, directors and actors to explore links to their culture.
“We’ve been getting a really good response from the community who say they are so happy they can see familiar faces on screen, as well as have stories they can relate to so well,” co-Director Eliorah said.
The film community are also able to see the diversity of stories from people around the world and the diversity of people in these stories.
The 2018 festival kicked off in Sydney on September 13 at Casula Powerhouse, and will also showcase in venues in Brisbane and Canberra.
Eliorah said there were a number of events that people were looking forward to, with the opening Talanoa Shorts section a popular feature of this year’s festival.
“There’s a film about Pacific diaspora communities in the Netherlands and there’s a film set in New Zealand,” she said.
“There is another film called Power Meri that was a popular showing in Sydney about the Papua New Guinea women’s rugby league team and when they played at the women’s World Cup last year.”
Photo: Still from Panguna (2017)
Hoping to be able to bring the festival to Australia yearly, Eliorah and Kalo are working hard to ensure their event is a consistent success.
“We would love to be able to know that we’d be able to put on a festival every year and have it be known as something that is going to happen every year,” Eliorah said.
It’s important because Australia has so much diversity in general, so there’s no reason why we can’t contribute to showcasing this diversity through the festival.