We are proud to announce that the Healer and the Psychiatrist is in the Official Selection of the London International Documentary Film Festival, Garifuna International Indigenous Film Festival, Riga Pasaules Film Festival and the German International Ethnographic Film Festival. They represent diverse documentary film making styles including ethnographic, anthropological and indigenous film. For further information… Read More
The Tongan Medical Association: 56th Annual Medical Conference (1998) This short analysis had to be cut because of length from my recent article on Dr Mapa Puloka in Transcultural Psychiatry. To approach a theorization of the diversity of public reception to Dr Puloka’s strategies, I examine the only extensive challenge to Psychiatry made by the… Read More
For a long time it was only a dream, but on the 8th October Sonja, Louie and I start a journey to New Zealand and Tonga to finish a documentary based around two remarkable people, a healer and a psychiatrist. I have been working with and filming them since my doctoral research from 1998-2000 and… Read More
How wonderful it was when Tinitini’s brother gave me a DVD with video footage of a Tinitini concert in 1988. I had filed it away for years imagining making another short documentary incorporating some footage. Meanwhile no-one could see it. A crime for those interested in Tongan comedy and remembering back to 1988. We have… Read More
I was in a museum in Gothenburg, Sweden. But for a long meaningful moment I was brought back to Tonga, through the powerful idea of comedy serving the same purpose worldwide and in different historical times. Read More
A film about comedy in Tonga. Read More
It’s been a long time since I last posted on this blog. I’ve been working hard to process and start to edit some of the material for the latest documentary on Tonga, which focuses on the healer, Emeline Lolohea, the psychiatrist, Dr Mapa Puloka, and my relationship with both. I’ve been really excited to see… Read More
A great TED talk that relates really strongly to the power of comedy in Tonga.
A big thank you to Malia Talakia for organising a twin screening of ‘Fun(d)raising’ and ‘My Lost Kainga’ at UNITEC on the 6th September as part of the inaugural Tongan Language Week. Read press announcement here and here. Learn more about Tongan Language Week here.
Public Lecture and Film Showing at USP, 15 Sept 2009 The Public Lecture on Social Filmmaking in Tonga was a great success. The lecture theatre at USP was full. Fun(d)raising was shown half way through the lecture and afterwards many people asked questions and offered their own testimonies of filmmaking. The lecture and film were… Read More