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Siapo Cinema

Siapo Cinema

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  • Tue 12 May ’15, 7:00pm – 8:00pm
  • Wed 13 May ’15, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Wed 13 May ’15, 6:00pm – 8:40pm
  • Thu 14 May ’15, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Thu 14 May ’15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Fri 15 May ’15, 12:00pm – 2:00pm
  • Fri 15 May ’15, 12:15pm – 1:00pm
  • Fri 15 May ’15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
  • Sat 16 May ’15, 4:30pm – 6:00pm
  • Sat 16 May ’15, 7:00pm – 8:30pm
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Nga Taonga Sound & Vision, 84 Taranaki St, Te Aro, Wellington


All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • General admission: $8.00
  • Concession: $6.00


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Join us at Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Wellington, May 12 - 16, for Siapo Cinema 2015. Siapo Cinema is a yearly moving image festival that celebrates vibrant and innovative contributions to film by, for and about Pacific peoples, here and abroad.

Siapo Cinema will showcase Pasifika moving images, presenting a delectable selection of feature films, documentaries, shorts and multimedia, along with live music and performances, Kava Club hosts, opportunities to talk to filmmakers, and Kava Club’s Chop Suey Hui.

The festival is presented by Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision, in association with Tautai Guiding Pacific Arts, Kava Club, Pollywood - Pasifika Films, with generous support from Wellington City Creative Communities.


Tuesday 12 May

7pm: "Taualuga" (2014, 42 min, Exempt, director Lisa Taouma). A documentary exploring the history, cultural importance, and significance of the Samoan Taualuga and Tonga Tau’olunga dances. At 7pm, prior to the screening, will be dance performances led by choreographer, Tupe Lualua, by students from Whitireia Performing Arts, and an excerpt from 1918 by arts company Le Moana. Free admission.

Wednesday 13 - Friday 15 May

12-2pm: Lei-Making Workshops with The 3 Hawaiians. The 3 Hawaiians invite you to join them for a lei-making workshop. Emalani, Kawika, and Kamalani are kanaka maoli (native Hawaiians). The 3 Hawaiians are on their own path in New Zealand, but weaving in out of each other's lives every day. They are happy to share their gift of lei-making with you. Mahalo! Free admission.

Wednesday 13 May

6pm: Kava Club's Chop Suey Hui followed by NZ premiere of "ThuleTuvalu" (2014, 98 min, Exempt, director Matthias von Gunten). At 6pm come and enjoy some of Kava Club's fabulous kai and a panel discussion on Pasifika moving images. The screening of "ThuleTuvalu" will follow at 7pm. This documentary looks at how global climate change affects two separate regions in different ways. As the ice melts in Thule, the island nation of Tuvalu is threatened by the resultant rising sea level. Tickets: $8 general admission / $6 concession.

Thursday 14 May

7pm: "Pollywood Twelve2014" (2012-2014, 90 min, M Violence). This multi-genre visual feast of short films presented by Craig Fasi has something for everyone - come and sample the filmic menu. Tickets: $8 general admission / $6 concession.

Friday 15 May

12:15pm: "Hotu Painu" (1985, 49 min, Exempt, director Peter Turei). A documentary on the history of nuclear testing in the Pacific - and its relationship with French colonialism in Tahiti (which locals claim has made them strangers or "Hotu Painu" in their own land). Koha appreciated.
7pm: "Musika with Bill Sevesi and Jon Jonanssen" (81 min, Exempt). An evening of music and song, through a compilation programme of three short documentaries focusing on Pasifika musical output: "Song of the South Seas - The Life and Music of Bill Sevesi" (1992, director Chris Williams), "Mou Piri: A Rarotongan Love Song" (2013, director Karin Williams), and "Bill Sevesi's Dream" (2011, director Ying Ly). Tickets: $8 general admission / $6 concession.

Saturday 16 May

4.30: "Pollywood Twelve2014" (2012-2014, 90 min, M Violence) repeats. Tickets: $8 general admission / $6 concession.
7pm: "The Last Saint" (2014, 111 min, R16, director Rene Naufahu). A feature film telling the story of Minka, a teenage Polynesian boy living in the heart of Auckland. With his P-addicted mother well on the way to going completely off the rails, three people enter his life - each with a promise - each with the power to destroy. Tickets: $8 general admission / $6 concession.

12 - 29 May

"Tautai Guiding Pacific Arts - Student Exhibition." Showing continuously in the Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Gallery and TV Lounge, a compilation of moving image and multimedia work from artists of Pacific heritage presented by Tautai Guiding Pacific Arts. Galley opening hours: Mon-Tues 9.30am-4pm; Wed-Fri 9.30am-7pm; Sat 4pm-7pm. Free admission.

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