Award-winning poet from New Zealand, Samoa, Tuvalu, Scotland and France, Selina Tusitala Marsh feels good about “her-self”. But which self? It is in its swirling, multicoloured and striking trail that the actors/musicians of the show Calabash Breakers lead the audience. Thanks to a fine and exquisite translation, Selina Tusitala Marsh’s poems take on the colour of her French ancestor while claiming loud and clear that “Gauguin pisses us off.”
Through the three wise cousins of his falsely light comedy, Stallone Vaiaoga-Ioasa addresses the theme of double culture. How to become a “real island guy” when you grew up in the modern comfort of New Zealand society and you have never set foot in Samoa? The benevolent humour of the young director with Samoan heritage won over the public in New Zealand first, then in France. Indeed, the film was greeted enthusiastically at the Festival Rochefort Pacifique, in Musée du Quai Branly in Paris as well as in Saint Tropez, where it was awarded the People’s choice award at the Festival des Antipodes in October 2018.
Last but not least, in a moving and intense road trip that takes the spectator on the roads of New Zealand alongside musicians from a reggae group, Himiona Grace introduces the public to an identity quest around a question asked by one of the protagonists: “What’s a Māori without roots?”.