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Drama 1h 28m 2019 New Zealand

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One woman’s life is told in eight separate moments, from the perspective of eight different Pacific Island cultures, in this affecting anthology film.

From the producers of the TIFF 2017 selection Waru, Vai is a portmanteau feature film made by nine female Pacific filmmakers and filmed in seven different Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue, and Āotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman — Vai, which means “water” in each of the Pacific nations — played by a different Indigenous actress in every vignette. Winner of a Special Jury Award for Outstanding International Narrative Feature at the 2019 Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival, Vai is an affecting film that brings under-represented voices to the fore.

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English, Maori, Tonga, Samoan



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