8.15pm | Sunday 27 October | Cinema Nova
ABOUT THE FILM
Annick Ghijzelings | Belgium, Tahiti | 2018 | 113 minutes
Part-documentary, part-visual poetry, Ma’ohi Nui, In the Heart of the Ocean My Country Lies offers a dream-like exploration of the impacts of colonisation, three decades of nuclear testing on the Indigenous Ma’ohi people, and the community’s commitment to rebuild.
Hauntingly beautiful, this film draws us into the myths, culture and reality of a people left reeling from the initial prosperity followed by the ultimate devastation of French atomic bomb testing in the atolls of the Polynesian archipelago.
Director Annick Ghijzelings collaborates with Tahitian poet Flora Devatine to interweave ancestral voices with historical eye-witness accounts and ethereal images of Ma’ohi contemporary life, providing an enchanting yet contemplative account of a disempowered people quietly trying to recover their history, their independence and, most importantly, their identity.
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Thanks to all EFFA 2019 partners for their generous supporting in making this year’s festival possible, including major partner, Bank Australia, government partner, City of Darebin, and supporting partner Monash University.