21st October 02:21 AM
Groundbreaking film called "Vai" starts screening in Fiji
By Violet Matakibau
Thursday 10/10/2019

A groundbreaking film called "Vai" which focuses on empowering Pacific women through culture premiered at USP's Oceania Pavillion last night. 

The film was made by nine female Pacific filmmakers and was shot in seven different Pacific countries including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Cook Islands, Samoa, Niue, and New Zealand.

While speaking at the event, New Zealand High Commissioner to Fiji Jonathan Curr says the New Zealand Government is proud to support the “Vai” tour in the Pacific and adds the film has resonated with audiences across the world where it has been screened. 

Two of the nine Film Directors are Fiji born sisters Sharon and Nicole Whippy.

Nicole Whippy says the film is about female empowerment that spans the breadth of the Pacific, telling the story of one woman’s life in eight separate moments from the perspective of eight different Pacific Island cultures.
 
Her sister Sharon says the film carries the theme of water and connection through the woman's journey across the islands.

Vai is now screening in the cinemas

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