11 August 2019

Banabans of Rabi - A Story of Survival

Banabans of Rabi - the final cut.
11 August 2019

Banabans of Rabi - A Story of Survival, a short documentary by postgraduate student journalist Hele Ikimotu and screenwriting and production student Blessen Tom while on assignment in their 2018 Bearing Witness climate change project in Fiji, has been screened.

A flyer about the documentary says:

"During the Second World War, the inhabitants of the island of Banaba were forcibly displaced to Rabi Island in Fiji due to phosphate mining by the British Phosphate Commission. The Island of Banaba was decimated and the Banabans had to start afresh in Rabi. The documentary follows the people in Rabi and sheds light into the problems that they face now, especially with climate change."

The documentary was selected for the 2018 Nuku'alofa Film Festival in Tonga and the 2019 Māorilands and Pasifika film festivals.

It was publicly screened for the first time as part of Auckland University of Technology's Pacific Media Centre "Midwinter Showcase" on 27 July 2019.

Background news story: https://tinyurl.com/y3t9eqcs

Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/banabansofrabi/

Directors: Blessen Tom, Hele Ikimotu

Storyteller: Hele Ikimotu

Interviewers: Hele Ikimotu, Janet Tawaketini (translator)

Cinematographer: Blessen Tom

Executive Producers: David Robie and Jim Marbrook

Special thanks: Nelli Sorongan

Bearing Witness Project (PMC, AUT) in collaboration with the University of the South Pacific Journalism Programme

Pacific Media Centre/Te Ara Motuhenga, Auckland University of Technology, Aotearoa/New Zealand: http://www.pmc.aut.ac.n