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…

In November, celebrate abundance!

November 20 marks the change of season in Tahiti. The dry period gives way to the wet season, as it is customarily said. The Tahitians prefer to refer to this period as Abundance.  A more befitting term! Abundance is the season when the branches of the breadfruit tree bend under the weight of the uru, a…

The Aranui 5 : Cruise the islands in style

The arrival of a new ship in Polynesia is always cause for celebration. But that of the Aranui 5, straight out of Chinese shipyards in Huanghai, had a special flavor this Monday, November 9th. She is THE star of French Polynesia in the field of passenger/ cargo vessels as she makes her grand entrance for…