Tongans pack premiere screening of ‘Vai’ film

The film is about female empowerment across the Pacific and it was told through the story of a woman named Vai, played by different indigenous actors in each of the islands depicting different stages of her life.

Vai, meaning water in each of these countries,  was directed and written by nine female Pacific filmmakers including Tonga's ‘Ofa Guttenbeil-Likiliki, and filmed on seven Pacific Islands; Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand).

New film to highlight Pacific women's issues

The New Zealand Film Commission is funding the film 'Vai', that depicts the life of the title character.

Its producers said Vai aims to give voice to a largely under-represented group: Pacific women.

Vai is an eight-part story written and directed by different women film-makers from around the Pacific and will be shot in the Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, New Zealand, Samoa, Solomon Islands and Tonga.

Tonga's 'Ofa-ki-Levuka Guttenbeil Likiliki will write and direct of one of the eight parts.