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- Directed by Nicole Whippy, Sharon Whippy, ’Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Miria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga
Vai is a visually stunning portmanteau involving nine female filmmakers, shot in seven different Pacific countries, and tells the story of one woman, played by eight actors, at eight different stages of her life. The distinct narratives of the film share emotional strands of displacement and diaspora but are woven together in a way which reaffirms indigenous resilience, female empowerment, and diverse storytelling. Each part of the film dramatically conveys how an individual can rise to meet the challenge of maintaining identity, cultural heritage, and connection to the land in the face of global capitalism and socio-economic injustice. This ultimately uplifting film offers not only stories of struggle but visions of emancipation. In English, Fijian, Māori, Samoan, and Tongan languages with English subtitles.