Pacific Stories to Premiere on Australian Television

Pacific Stories Australian Television Premiere

The producers of Pacific Stories are pleased to announce the national television broadcast premiere of the Pacific Stories 2011 films on NITV:
10:15 pm on Monday the 13th of May, 2013
Pacific Stories is a collection of 8 short films that were created by Australian based Pacific Islanders as part of a project that took place in Melbourne in 2011.  The Pacific Stories project was auspiced by Multicultural Arts Victoria and funded by the Australian Council for the Arts. The eight short films reflect on issues living in urban Australia as a Pacific diaspora and the issues of identity and culture.

Eight Australian Pacific Islanders share their stories about the challenges of negotiating Islander culture, language and identity in an Australian context. With cultural backgrounds from across the pacific (and the Torres Strait), these filmmakers explore the struggle to keep family connections strong, stories from the spiritual world, celebrate Oceanic art, and contemplate the meaning of age old traditional practices in our contemporary world.

Australian/ Solomon Islander documentary filmmaker Amie Batalibasi and Samoan/ Native American Community Arts practitioner Lia Pa’apa’a facilitated the project over 7 month period and produced all eight short films.

Representatives from the islands of Fiji, Papua New Guinea, Tonga and the Torres Strait Islands participated in the project and were involved in discussions around issues facing Australian Pacific Islanders and also filmmaking workshops – to create scripts for their own short films. The series of films that were created are of an extremely high caliber.

One film, entitled “Kome Kalana – My Bubu ” is about Warrie Kome, a young Papua New Guinean man who grew up in a small village on the central coast of PNG. It is a very personal portrayal of his Bubu’s story and how it’s connected to his story. Kome Kalana is an honest and raw narrative about his grandmother and how her unique culture shaped him and allowed him the freedom to discover and to be the man that his is today – now creating his own culture and identity living in Australia. Paia Juste-Constant (Motu Kekeni/Papua New Guinean/ Australian) wrote and directed the film called Reva Reva. She says, “Reva Reva” speaks of my connection to my grandmothers and their full body tattoos. This beautiful canvas is far greater than a staining of the skin, more than a pattern of ink”. Other films written and directed by Ranu James, Leilani Gibson, John Harvey, Pauline Vetuna, Lisa Hilli & Venina Kaloumaira are also a part of the series.

The films as a series of works allows the viewers to get a better understanding of the complexity of Pacific urban identity and what it means growing up in Australia.  Pacific Stories takes the viewer on a journey through the Pacific through the eyes of it’s children, who growing up in the urban metropolis of Melbourne, Australia have to negotiate their identity and culture away from their homelands

The films will premiere on NITV at 10:15pm on 13 May 2013.

For more information please go to or you can contact the Pacific Stories Producers at

Below is a preview:


ABC Radio Interview

ABC Radio came to visit us in our first week of the Pacific Stories – Harmony on the Murray project. Please click on the link below to hear a bit about what we got up to:

Pacific Stories News

Hello everyone,

There is a great article about Pacific Stories in the Islands Business (Fiji) magazine written by Nic Maclellan who came along to our screening and then asked for an interview! We wanted to share this with you:

Click here for Islands Business Article

Also, one of the Pacific Stories filmmakers, Venina Kaloumaira, has set up a fantastic website: Here you can find information about Pasifika community events happening Australia wide and also list your Pasifika event. You can also follow on Twitter: @1sland_t1me  and Facebook.

We hope you are enjoying the Spring sunshine. Don’t forget that if you are in Melbourne, the Pacific Stories films are screening and you can pick up a bargain price DVD at:

CROSS CULTURAL SPRING FESTIVAL: Saturday 24 September, Koornang Uniting Church: 117 Murrumbeena Rd, Murrumbeena (films screen at 12PM in the Film Room).

More details on the Pacific Stories Facebook group.

Pacific Stories to Premiere on Saturday!

6:30am at Radio Australia. Pacific Stories Facilitators Lia Pa'apa'a and Amie Batalibasi on Pacific Beat. © Pacific Stories

This morning we were up at 6am for a quick interview with Radio Australia (here’s proof). The Pacific Stories DVD is being duplicated as we speak, decorations are being made, food and entertainment is being organised – the big night is fast approaching and we can’t wait to share these films with you! Don’t forget to come dressed Pacific Style… see you there.

Listen Out for Pacific Stories

It seems there is a bit of a media frenzy at the moment – and this is good news for spreading Pacific stories throughout Australia… but also the Asia Pacific region. Listen out for interviews on Radio Australia (only online – click here for the link) today Friday 16 June at 5:30pm and Wednesday 22 June at 6:30am (Melbourne time).

Great news is that we have reached capacity for our bookings! It’s going to be a fantastic night! For those of you interstate, let us know if you want a screening in your area and we will try and get there if we can! Also, DVDs will be available for purchase after the screening – we will let you know how to get one soon.

Also, here is the article in Beat Magazine: click here to read. The photo is from the EMERGE festival.

Thanks for your support,

Amie Batalibasi

Pacific Stories in the Media

So this week is the final final final edit and compiling the films for the screening. I have to acknowledge here, the hard work of Lia Pa’apa’a (Co-Facilitator) and everyone involved with this project. The participants have been spending hours and hours in front of the computer editing – away from life, family and work. Well done!

As well, we have been busy doing press. You can find articles on Pacific Stories in the new publication, Drum Pasifika, also in Melbourne’s Beat street press mag. Lia was on the PBS Big Mob show yesterday (check the PBS website to listen if you subscribe) and we will both be doing an ABC Radio Australia interview soon.

Multicultural Arts Victoria scored us an interview with THE AGE newspaper – an article appeared in Saturday’s Life and Style. Here it is for those of you who haven’t seen it yet: Click here to READ THE AGE ARTICLE

Bookings for the Pacific Stories screening have officially closed but we will allow a little space for “island time” with our deadline – get in and book this week (bookings now closed)
! We are almost at capacity – yeah!

Hope to see you at the screening,

Amie Batalibasi