Pacific Stories screens to raise funds for project in the Solomon Islands

Pacific Stories in association with Multicultural Arts Victoria is proud to present a night of film, storytelling and fun at the Wantok Stori Film Fundraiser Event, 30 March in Footscray, Melbourne.

This event will raise funds for the Wantok Stori – Culture In Harmony with Nature project which is a film collaboration and exchange project between Victoria and the Solomon Islands that explores and celebrates the diversity of Pacific cultures. As part of the project Solomon Island and Australian Pacific communities will come together to produce a film on culture and the environment for the upcoming Festival of Pacific Arts.

Wantok Stori invites Solomon Islanders and Pacific Islanders in Victoria, Australia to
join an online discussion of the Festival theme: Culture in Harmony with Nature:
facebook.com/wantokstori. This project aims to energise a discussion on the big
issues facing Pacific Islanders living at home and overseas – and then make a film
about it to screen at the Festival in July.

Wantok Stori is led by independent producers and film makers Amie Batalibasi (SI/
Victoria), Lisa Hilli (PNG/Victoria), Adriel Tahisi (SI), with support from Festival of
Pacific Arts Organising Committee, One News, Solomon Islands Victorian
Association, Multicultural Arts Victoria, Youthworx Media and coordination by
Samantha Cooper (AUS).

“This project is a perfect chance to tell and share contemporary Pacific Islander
stories by Pacific Islanders. As well, Australian Pacific Islander communities will be
able to make connections with Pacific Islander communities in the Solomon Islands
enabling us to share stories, share culture and share skills.” Amie Batalibasi said.

The project partners said that the project is part of long term plans to strengthen
partnership between Solomons and Pacific communities in Australia, especially in the
area of arts and culture.

“The Wantok Stori project is important as it will show the different perspectives and
issues that relate to and concern all Pacific Islanders, whether they live in their
homeland or in Australia.” Lisa Hilli said.

In April 2012 One News film makers and the five young people will be supported by
Amie Batalibasi and Lisa Hilli to create the film over two weeks. They will use the
online discussion as inspiration, to capture a range of views and ideas about the theme.

Amie is co-facilitator of Pacific Stories & Lisa is a Pacific Stories 2011 filmmaker who wrote and directed the Pacific Women’s Weaving Circle short documentary.

Pacific Stories on DVD

Hello Pacific Stories friends & supporters,

We are very pleased and excited to announce that the Pacific Stories DVD has been released.

You can now purchase the Pacific Stories DVD online through the Multicultural Arts Victoria website: CLICK HERE FOR THE LINK

There are 8 short films by 8 talented filmmakers from Pacific Islander backgrounds – approximately 45 minutes worth of Pasifika films to enjoy! Also included on the DVD is a slideshow of production photos. This DVD is a must have in your DVD collection – it also makes a very lovely gift for someone special.

Price: $20 AUD + postage

Click here for reviews of the Pacific Stories short films:
Blogs: Pearson’s Space by Pearson Vetuna & Just the Messenger by Pauline Vetuna

Pacific Stories DVD Cover: Still from "This is My Culture" by Ranu James (far left) © 2011

Instructions for payment: Go to Multicultural Arts Victoria merchandise page (click here). You can purchase directly by using a credit card using Paypals secure payment system, alternatively you can use a PayPal account using funds from any account. Either way, simply add to the cart and proceed to the checkout when finished. Note that price quoted exclude postage and handling fees, this will be calculated upon checkout.

You can also send cheque to Multicultural Arts Victoria or bank transfer*, details as below:

Post Cheques to:
MULTICULTURAL ARTS VICTORIA
PO Box 1402
Collingwood VIC 3066

Banking:
Commonwealth Bank Australia
BSB 063-123
Accounts 1038 1972

*Please provide your postal address for DVDs.

Overseas purchases can be arranged, however international delivery charge will be applied depending on the destination. Buyers should let Multicultural Arts Victoria have the destination to work out the charge.

DVD payment enquiries to: email: accounts@multiculturalarts.com.au

Please note that this DVD is for private viewing only. Please contact us directly if you would like to screen the films publicly: pacificstories@gmail.com