Doors at 6:30 PM, Show at 7:00 PM
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Described by Variety magazine as "an aesthetically pleasing meditation on womanhood and vanishing traditions", Vai is a portmanteau feature film made by nine female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in seven different Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai, played by a different indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries. In each of these Pacific nations 'vai' means water.
After the screening, Joshua Bell, Curator of Globalization at the National Museum of Natural History, and Director of the Recovering Voices Program, will moderate a Q&A featuring Becs Arahanga, one of the directors of the film.
This program is offered as part of the Mother Tongue Film Festival, an annual collaborative Smithsonian event initiated by the Recovering Voices Program of the National Museum of Natural History.
Due to the nature of this free event, all seating will be first-come, first-served. Please help us prepare our theater and building staff by submitting your RSVP.
Āotearoa New Zealand | 2019 | 90'
Directors: Becs Arahanga, Amberley Jo Aumua, Matasila Freshwater, Dianna Fuemana, Mīria George,
'Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Nicole Whippy
Languages: Fijian, Tongan, Roviana (Solomon Islands), Samoan, Cook Islands Māori, Niuean, English and Māori (NZ)
Accessibility: Access services such as American Sign Language interpretation, real-time captioning (CART), or audio description are available with two-weeks advanced notice. To request this service, please call (202) 633-5238 or e-mail NMNHAccessibility@si.edu. This event is wheelchair accessible.