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'Vai' is a portmanteau feature film made by 9 female Pacific filmmakers, filmed in 7 different Pacific countries: Fiji, Tonga, Solomon Islands, Kuki Airani (Cook Islands), Samoa, Niue and Aotearoa (New Zealand). It is about the journey of empowerment through culture over the lifetime of one woman, Vai, played by a different indigenous actress in each of the Pacific countries. In each of these Pacific nations 'vai' means water.


Critic Reviews for Vai

All Critics (7) | Top Critics (2)

  • Most portmanteau features are potluck. But "Vai" has a lovely consistency of style and content that heightens the accessibility of its unique value as a combined effort among eight native female directors from eight different Pacific Island cultures.

    May 30, 2019 | Full Review…

    Dennis Harvey

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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.

    Apr 22, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Kiwi producers Kerry Warkia and Kiel McNaughton's follow-up to their critically acclaimed debut Waru is perhaps even more audacious.

    Apr 3, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • A bold experience that rightly highlights the need for more Pasifika cinema.

    Apr 1, 2019 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • What is clear is that Vai is a gorgeous, profound work of art, brilliantly assembled and filled with engaging performances.

    Mar 17, 2019 | Full Review…
  • Viewers in the West and the Global North are used to seeing women in films from elsewhere as victims or otherwise subjugated figures. Vai may surprise them.

    Mar 11, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

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