FIFO – Celebrating the Cinema of Oceania

The Pacific International Documentary Film Festival is the highlight of the year in French Polynesian cinema. For one week, directors from all over the South Pacific will meet, uniting this year around panel-elected president, director Abderrahmane Sissako. A Cutting Edge Festival No less than 135 films were reviewed by the FIFO selection committee—proving the vitality…

Polynesia, soon the largest marine protected area in the world?

The Polynesian president took advantage of the annual Conference of Parties (COP 21) to reaffirm the wish of French Polynesia “to make all of the economic zone an exclusive and giant managed marine area”. Two projects currently await validation by the government to see the day that could, in effect, make Polynesia the largest protected…

The Marquesas Festival: back to beginnings on Hiva Oa

The island of Hiva Oa hosts the 10th Marquesas Islands Art Festival from the 16th to the 19th of December. A common thread for this year’s festivities should reunite more than a thousand performers: “back to beginnings”, a repetitive choice of words for these magical and timeless islands. It is THE most important cultural event…

Noni : the Polynesian wonder plant

Unlike the exotic fragrance of Monoi, the Tahitian noni takes its own center stage to conquer the world. Grown and thriving throughout French Polynesia, the noni fruit has be renowned to have incredible healing properties. But what is this coveted fruit that Americans are crazy about? Just look at the latest figures from the Polynesian…

Hiking in Tahiti and her islands: Take a walk on the wild side

If the blue lagoons have ever since built the fame of Tahiti and her islands, one will soon discover most travel brochures change their tune. A new trend is gaining popularity in Tahiti and its islands: Hiking, notably in French Polynesia where the potential in this field is huge. Only a few months ago, Jimmy…

Revisiting the traditional outrigger canoe in Fakarava

‘Tis a beautiful tale, however originating from a misinterpretation. Julien Girardot, photographer and lover of French Polynesia, heard of the famous sailing outrigger canoes of the Tuamotu Archipelago. Those by which, in the early peopling of Polynesia, reportedly how the early travelers arrived in. Satisfying his curiosity and interest in the great marine epics of…