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dc.contributor.authorFuluifaga, Aanoalii
dc.contributor.authorHarris, Miriam
dc.description.abstractThe South Pacific has a long history of colonisers and outsiders imposing their own projections and viewpoints upon the different island nations, rather than seeking a perspective that is authentically engaged with the culture, philosophies, and experiences of the inhabitants. Whether it be Paul Gauguin’s projection of desire upon the Tahitian landscape and its women, painting an erotic imaginary for the French bourgeoisie and its Parisian salons, or an Australian tourist snapping a photo of the staff at the hotel where she’s been staying and loudly requesting “a real Samoan smile”, representations run the risk of being misinformed outsider perceptions, rather than a valid internal voice. This was one of the quandaries facing a team of lecturers from Unitec New Zealand - a polytechnic in Auckland - in creating a short documentary that chronicles the rebuilding efforts of Poutasi village, Samoa, in the wake of the 2009 tsunami and the 2013 cyclone. A range of people, both Samoan and Palagi (European), have contributed to the rebuild, and it was important that their contributions be acknowledged, while at the same time incorporating a filmmaking procedure that is respectful of Samoan ethics and philosophies. Such a respect would hopefully express a dynamic and experience that emanates from within the village and its residents, rather than just communicate observations from an objective distance.en_NZ
dc.rightsAll rights reserveden_NZ
dc.subjectPoutasi Projecten_NZ
dc.subjectfilm studiesen_NZ
dc.subjectpost-disaster reconstructionen_NZ
dc.titleCollaboration and the Poutasi Project : it takes a village to create a documentary filmen_NZ
dc.typeConference Contribution - Oral Presentationen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden1902 Film, Television and Digital Mediaen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden200210 Pacific Cultural Studiesen_NZ
dc.subject.marsden080614 Pacific Peoples Information and Knowledge Systemsen_NZ
dc.identifier.bibliographicCitationFuluifaga, R., & Harris, M. (2014, December). Collaboration and the Poutasi Project: It takes a village to create a documentary film. Paper presented at Visible Evidence 21 Documentary Conference, New Delhi, India.en_NZ
unitec.institutionUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.conference.titleVisible Evidence 21 Documentary Conference (2014)en_NZ
unitec.conference.orgJamia Millia Islamia Universityen_NZ
unitec.conference.orgAJK-Mass Communication Research Centre (MCRC)en_NZ
unitec.conference.orgSchool of Arts and Aesthetics, Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU)en_NZ
unitec.conference.locationNew Delhi, Indiaen_NZ
dc.contributor.affiliationUnitec Institute of Technologyen_NZ
unitec.institution.studyareaPerforming and Screen Arts

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