Our Atoll Speaks: Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua

14min | Documentary | Cook Islands

Enter the breathtaking atoll of Pukapuka/Nassau in this communal film -poem and discover the environmental wisdom of our ancestors.

Director: Gemma Cubero del Barrio

Stars: People of Pukapuka/Nassau

SUN. 11/08    17:00

INT'L. DOCUMENTARY SHORTS (STANDING ABOVE THE CLOUDS, TEETH, OUR ATOLL SPEAKS)

Our Atoll Speaks  (Ko Talatala Mai Tō Mātou Wenua) is a short film meditation on the environmental knowledge of the people of Pukapuka/Nassau, an atoll in the Northern Group of the Cook Islands. This short documentary is a communal film poem from the perspective of her people.

 

Climate change disaster is the biggest threat to our oceans, islands, diversity, and sustainable future. Indigenous climate knowledge and conservation practices developed over thousands of years have something to teach. When we know our environment, we know how to conserve and adapt to it. A communal poem developed from interviews with Pukapukans from 2015-2017 interweaves with stunning images of the transluscent seas, frigate birds, spear fishing, and taro patches. This communal poem provides a visual metaphor for indigenous climate knowledge.

Major Funded Provided by: United Nations UNDP GEF Small Grants Programme, hosted by the Cook Islands Red Cross

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CAST

People of Pukapuka/Nassau

PRODUCTION

Director, Producer, Camera : Gemma Cubero del Barrio

 

Co-producer: Amelia Rachel Hokuleʻa Borofsky

 

Editor: Kyung Lee

Cinematography: Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Gabriela Faaiuas,Vicente Franco, Kolee Tinga

 

Voice Over: Florence Ngatokorua 

“Johnny” Tiane Frisbie

 

Writers: Amelia Rachel Hokuleʻa Borofsky, Gemma Cubero del Barrio, Florence Ngatokorua 

“Johnny” Tiane Frisbie

Pukapuka People's Fund: Pio Ravarua

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