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Leitis in Waiting challenges attitudes

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Leitis in Waiting lead protagonist Joey Mataele, left, with film producer and directors, Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer (right), during the press briefing at USP's Oceania Centre in Laucala Bay, Suva. Picture: CHRIS HA'ARABE   By CHRIS HA'ARABE The award-winning documentary, Leitis in Waiting, has come to Fiji with strong messages that challenge attitudes and behaviours towards the transgender minority community. During a press briefing at The University of the South Pacific’s Oceania Centre in Suva yesterday, lead protagonist in the film, Joey Mataele, said there were a lot of untold stories that needed to be shared. “In this film,…

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The simple, peaceful life on Rabi

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Hele Ikimotu’s “peace in Rabi” video reflections. Video: Pacific Media Centre/Wansolwara   By HELE IKIMOTU on Rabi Island Our trip to Rabi was a long journey, first starting with a bus ride from Suva, driving straight onto a ferry in Natovi and arriving in Nabouwalu. That trip alone was about seven to eight hours. From there, my uncle picked us up and let us borrow the car to head into Savusavu. After exploring the area for a bit, we then caught another bus which drove onto Princess Moana in Natuvu – the final stop before Rabi. Arriving in Rabi for the first…

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USP leads Pacific climate research

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As The University of the South Pacific turns 50 this year, two postgraduate students on the Pacific Media Centre’s Bearing Witness climate change project have created three video stories that highlight massive strides the University has made to lead climate change research and efforts in the region. Journalism student Hele Ikimotu and screen production student Blessen Tom arrived in the country last week on a two-week climate change mission to the main island of Viti Levu where they will be interviewing local people who are directly affected by the devastating effects of climate change in the Pacific. Using USP as a base,…

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USP ‘epoppers’ raise Pacific climate awareness

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    By Hele Ikimotu with visuals by Blessen Tom SUVA (Asia Pacific Report/Pacific Media Watch): Ten students from The University of the South Pacific in Suva have captured the effects of climate change on their smartphone devices. The task was organised through an eParticipatory Observers Project (ePOP) workshop last month by members of the ePOP network based in France. The ePOP project was established by RFI Planète Radio, along with the IRD (National French Research Institute for Sustainable Development). The project aims to raise awareness about climate change through videos produced by young people. The workshop at USP was over four days,…

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Documentary: Staying in Nabukadra

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Nabukadra in a coastal village in Ra to north of Fiji's largest island Viti Levu. Having been battered by severe tropical cyclone Winston the community are at crossroads and a generational split. Its a story that will resonate across the Pacific as people leave their ancestral lands in search of higher ground. A Film by: Telstar Jimmy, Salote Qalubau, Miriam Naikatini and Mereoni Mili

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Documentary: Tide of Change

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The people of Natawaru Settlement have seen their humble livelihoods grow more precarious as the effects of climate change take their toll. From rising seas, depleted fish stocks and rising temperatures, the community is faced with a struggle for survival. A Film by: Koroi Tadulala, Aachal Chand, Mitieli Baleiwai, Venina Rakautoga and Kaelyn Dakuibure  

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Documentary: Flying Solo

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The story of the Solomon Islanders of Fiji is undersold. Brought to Fiji in bondage their labour has had an indelible impact upon the country. Now the community of Wailoku are seeking acknowledgment and secure land tenure for future generations. A Film by: Laiseana Nasiga, Josefa Kotobalavu, Semi Malaki, Chris Harabe and Elizabeth Osifelo

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Documentary: Canoe Culture, A Revival

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Our USP students travel to the Lau islands far to the east of Viti Levu. Lau is a pacific crossroads renowned for its great canoe builders and navigators. This documentary looks at Uto Ni Yalo Trust's efforts to preserve the skills and customs of canoe culture. A film by: Nanise Sivo, Drue Slatter, Kritika Rukmani, Virashna Singh and Ana Civavonovono

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Naililili Cathedral

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Wansol TV traveled up the Rewa river to discover the historic Nalilili cathedral. The place where the first rugby ball was kicked it is a site rich with history and beauty that brings together two worlds in faith. Producers Shivika Mala, Estefany Alvarez, Abishek Chand, Salmoe Kafosi, Luan Gilmete & Chrisnrita Aumanu. 1357

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Combating Youth Suicide

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In this documentary film "Gen Lost: Combating Youth Suicide", our students look at the vexing issue of youth suicide in Fiji. Ethical questions are raised about how to discuss this issues in the media, support and identify children at risk. Producers Rashika Kumar, Lowen Sei & Sonal Shivangani 528

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