ACMI and MWFF Present

MWFF Opening Night: Vai

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“It isn’t just gorgeous, it feels spiritually poignant, a reaffirmation of cultural identity and a showcase of the strength of women’s stories.”

Monica Castillo, Rogerebert.com

Vai is a portmanteau feature film created by nine female Pacific filmmakers and filmed across seven Pacific countries including Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). Each of the eight vignettes explores the journey of Vai from a seven-year-old girl to the grand matriarch of her family. In each of these Pacific nations ‘vai’ means water.

Beautifully shot, Vai brings together Indigenous cultural and storytelling traditions, all told uniquely from a woman’s perspective.

Join us for the opening of the 2020 Melbourne Women in Film Festival with special guest filmmakers Marina Alofagia McCartney and Sharon Whippy, plus after party.