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Pacific Shorts Filmmakers

Posted on 08/02/2017
By Commonwealth Foundation

Papua New Guinea


Glen Burua

Glen is a 19-year-old from Matupit, Papua New Guinea. His film ‘The Education of Grayson Toki’ is about a young boy with personal problems who blames them all on his mother. Glen is currently studying journalism at Divine Word University in the Madang Province. His lifelong ambition is to produce films and to change the lives of PNG people through inspiring films.

Euralia Paine

Euralia’s film is called ‘Koriva’ which means butterfly in her language (one of 25 languages) in Oro Province. Ora Province is one of two provinces in Papua New Guinea which has the world’s largest butterfly – the Queen Alexandrae. The film is about a six-year-old girl who goes home to her village at Christmas but can’t fit in with the other girls. What does the future hold for little Koriva, from a caterpillar to a butterfly? Euralia is a consultant with Kumul Petroleum Holdings Limited, Papua New Guinea’s national oil and gas company.

Katherine Reki Winfrey

Katherine is a 32-year-old mother who resides in Madang Province, Papua New Guinea. Her film explores the killing of a woman in the Highlands who is suspected of witchcraft. In recent years there has been an increase in sorcery / witchcraft related violence in the country. Usually the victims are women and the elderly; people who are unable to defend themselves.

By telling this story Katherine wishes to show people that, most times, there is a hidden motive behind the attacks. She also wants to show the importance of women in Pacific society and highlight the fact that women are the first ones to mould children into adults.



Ofakilevuka Guttenbeil-Likliki

Ofakilevuka is the Director of the Women and Children Crisis Centre (WCCC). She is a passionate advocate and lobbyist for the empowerment of women and girls in Tonga. She has made several advocacy short films with the most recent being ‘Pink Hibiscus’ which won the ‘Activist Award’ in 2011 from the Global Social Change Film Festival & Institute (GSCFFI).

In 2014 she won the Commonwealth Pan-Pacific Media Award for the best concept for a feature documentary. She is currently producing the documentary in with the WCCC. Ofakilevuka’s film for this project will focus on land rights and her frustration with laws around this subject.

Malani Wolfgramm

Malani is a filmmaker dedicated to providing professional video productions for the Kingdom of Tonga. His film focuses on the problem of drink driving in the region. He has a passion for making narrative cultural films and documentaries and is the owner of Pinkgator Productions.

Amelia Fakahikuo’Uiha Liliu’Okalani Helu

Amelia was born and raised in Tonga. Her film reveals a young girl’s world that is turned upside down by the unexpected arrival of an angry relative. She holds a Master of Arts in English Literature from The University of Auckland, New Zealand and now lives with her husband operating various retail and electrical businesses in Tonga.