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Telling island stories

Posted on 27/02/2018
By Commonwealth Foundation

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Run time: 57.06
Chair: Tony Murrow, Little Island Press
Panellists: Steve Percival, Mere Taito, Tracy Assing, Katherine Reki, Dijone Fonite, Lani Wendt-Young

Sit back and listen to an exclusive panel discussion featuring esteemed island writers, filmmakers and other guests involved in some of the Commonwealth Foundation’s recent capacity development projects. This recorded discussion covers a range of topics including the power of film making, the trials of the creative process, the overlooking of indigenous stories in national narratives and the difficulties facing story tellers hailing from island communities.

The discussion followed the Pacific launch of the So Many Islands, a collection of literature hailing from 17 island states around the Commonwealth, and the Samoan premiere of Commonwealth Shorts: Pacific Voices, the latest cohort of short films from the Commonwealth Foundation’s film making capacity development project. Artists who contributed to both projects were represented on the panel which also included guests Steve Percival, Lani Wendt-Young and Dijone Fonite.

This discussion was convened in December 2017 at the National University of Samoa and hosted by the Commonwealth Foundation and Little Island Press.