Talanoa at Brigham Young University and University of Hawaii

  To coincide with the launch of the film at the Hawaii International Film Festival this talanoa was organised in collaboration between Brigham Young University and the Centre for Pacific Studies at the University of Hawaii. There were 35 participants. 1.16 First Question- Tēvita O. Ka’ili Associate Professor of International Cultural Studies and Cultural AnthropologyChair… Read More

The Healer and the Psychiatrist at HIFF, Collected Voices and SVA Film Festival in November and December 2020

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… Read More

Official Selection at LIDF, GIIFF, GIEFF & RPFF

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

Futa Helu’s After Dinner Speech: Tevolo and the Complexity of the Mind

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

Tinitini Concert from 1988

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