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MA’OHI NUI, in the heart of the ocean my country lies

  • Cinema Nova 380 Lygon Street Carlton, VIC, 3053 Australia (map)

8.15pm | Sunday 27 October | Cinema Nova


Annick Ghijzelings | Belgium, Tahiti | 2018 | 113 minutes 

Australian Premier

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.

This film will screen with a short film made by The Compost Depot thanks to EFFA's Community Storytelling Project, made possible with the support of Bank Australia.

Adult $20.50 | Concession $17.50 + booking fee



Nala Taukilo

This session will be introduced by Nala Taukilo, a Pacific Climate Warrior with 350 Pacific. Nala is a Samoan-Niuean spoken word artist, and has worked alongside many community leaders on and off stage. She was raised by many influential women who have inspired her craft, weaving stories and articulation of the resilience in youth communities.

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.

Earlier Event: October 27
Later Event: October 28