MWFF Opening Night: Vai

Envisioning a world where a diversity of women's voices, stories and creativity are equally recognised and celebrated

“It isn’t just gorgeous, it feels spiritually poignant, a reaffirmation of cultural identity and a showcase of the strength of women’s stories.” - Monica Castillo,

Vai is a portmanteau feature film created by nine female Pacific filmmakers and filmed across seven Pacific countries including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). Each of the eight vignettes explores the journey of Vai from a seven-year-old girl to the grand matriarch of her family. In each of these Pacific nations ‘vai’ means water.

Beautifully shot, Vai brings together Indigenous cultural and storytelling traditions, all told uniquely from a woman’s perspective.

Join us for the opening of the 2020 Melbourne Women in Film Festival with special guest filmmakers Marina Alofagia McCartney and Sharon Whippy, plus after party.

  • DIRECTOR: Nicole Whippy
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Language: English, Samoan, Maori, Tonga
  • Date: 2019
  • Format: DCP, Colour
  • Rating: PG (Mild coarse language)

Event starts
Thursday 20 February, 2020
Event ends
Thursday 20 February, 2020
The Capitol
Venue Address
113 Swanston St

Melbourne ,

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