MA’OHI NUI, In the Heart of the Ocean My Country Lies
Taïwan International Documentary Film Festival 2018
Tahiti, French Polynesia. Between the runway of the International airport and a small dirt hill lies a district called the Flamboyant. Over there, one says "district" as not to say "shantytown." French colonial history and thirty years of nuclear tests have filled these districts with an alienated and tired people. Like the radioactivity that cannot be felt or seen, but persists for hundreds of thousands of years, the contamination of their minds has slowly but permanently settled. Today the Ma'ohi people are a subordinate people who have forgotten their language, ignored their history and have lost connection to their land and their relationship with the world. Yet within this neighbourhood of coloured sheds, something survives, something tenuous, hidden, almost invisible, which resists and persists.
By confronting the Ma'ohi spirit with its nuclear history and its fractured existence, the film shows the face of contemporary colonisation and the vital impetus of a people trying not to forget themselves and who, silently, are seeking the path of independence.
Direction & writing Annick Ghijzelings
produced by Iota production
Berlinale 2018 – 02/18 GERMANY
BEFF Barents – 04/18 RUSSIA
Taïwan International Documentary Film Festival – 05/18 TAIWAN
KFF KEAKOW Film Festival 2018 – 05/18 POLAND
WAIROA Film Festival 2018 – 06/18 NEW ZEALAND
Zones Portuaires Festival 2018 – 06/18 FRANCE
Festival de cinéma aborigène 2018 – 06/18 FRANCE
VFF Valetta Film Festival 2018 – 06/18 MALTA
PARNU International Film Festival 2018 – 06/18 ESTONIA
IFFA MACAO International Film Festival 2018 – 07/18 MACAO
SOLE LUNA Film Festival – 07/18 SICILIA
DOKUFEST – International Documentary and Short Film Festival – 08/18 KOSOVO
Festival de Cinéma de Douarnenez – 08/18 FRANCE
FIFIG – Festival du film insulaire de l’ile de Groix – 08/18 FRANCE
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