We have some good news to share ( and add to the current good news in the US election). The Healer and the Psychiatrist is being screened in the Hawaii International Film Festival from today until the 29th of November as part of the Pacific Showcase. I can also really recommend Lo’imata-The Sweetest Tears and Tupaia’s Endeavour.



It also won the best feature film award for the SVA festival, which is online this year and free. You will be able to see it free there from the 1-10 December.

Collected Voices, which is a Chicago based Ethnographic film festival with lots of local films and really worth supporting will also screen it online until the 20th November. Tickets are $15 dollars to see all films.


I would like to invite you all to a DER and SVA supported event to launch the film on Thursday 10th December, 4pm EST.

A panel including Jessica Hardin, Patricia Fifita, Robert Lemelson and I will discuss the film. I am very keen to get feedback and to learn how I can provide more resources to make the film more useful.


In November I will also be launching a resource and teaching transmedia site for the film called Project Pouno, which will provide more video and text based resources to use the film. It is based on a tapa design and 6 Tongan concepts, which provide a window into key ethnographic and cultural aspects that deepen understanding of Tongan resort to healing for mental illness and other non-communicable disorders. This has, and will continue to be heavily led by feedback.

I would be happy to support any use of the film for teaching and for the improvement of health communication in the Pacific Region.

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