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Moana Symposium


Fri 2 Sep 2016, 9:00am–5:00pm

Where: Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington

Restrictions: All Ages

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A public symposium about the film "Moana: A Romance of the Golden Age" (1926), featuring Pasifika filmmakers, writers, and artists. This is a rare chance to discuss an exceptional film.

Speakers include:
- Sima Urale.
- Victor Rodger.
- Sean Mallon.
- Teresia Teaiwa.
- Karlo Mila.
- Tusi Tamasese.

Just as the upcoming Disney movie "Moana" is currently raising controversy for its oafish, slapstick depiction of Maui, the 90-year-old Moana also lends itself to debate.

As New York film editor and writer Alan Scherstuhl writes of the 1926 film: "'Moana,' a film of incomparable calm and beauty, is not a documentary in the strict sense, but it remains a document of great historical truth: Here is how Flaherty and the Western world preferred to imagine that tribal cultures lived... How much is an accurate depiction of these lives?"

Co-directed by husband and wife team Robert and Frances Flaherty and shot in the Safune district, Savai’i, Samoa in 1923-24, "Moana" is the first feature-length film to be noted as having "documentary value." In 1975 Monica Flaherty returned to Savai’i to create a soundtrack for her parents’ silent film. Independent film archivist Bruce Posner restored and digitally remastered the film in 2014.

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