Vai

Vai

Vai

Drama from the producers of Waru that tells eight stories about one woman's journey of empowerment through culture. Each portion shows a different period of her life, told in real time, and directed by a different female Pasifika filmmaker.

2019Rating: PG, Coarse language90 minsNew Zealand, Cook Islands, Fiji, Niue, Samoa, Solomon Islands, Tonga
DramaFestival & Independent
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Reviews & comments

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

The latest from the producers of Waru, Vai tells eight stories about one woman's journey of empowerment through culture. Each portion shows a different period of her life, told in real time, and directed by a different female Pasifika filmmaker.

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Provides a terrific showcase for unsung film-making and acting talent, with the likes of Betsy Luitolo, Agnes Pele and Evotia-Rose Araiti surely destined for bright futures.

4.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

It isn’t just gorgeous, it feels spiritually poignant, a reaffirmation of cultural identity and a showcase of the strength of women’s stories.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Although it may lack the intense urgency of Waru, Vai carries an equally strong emotional resonance, and functions as a similarly effective argument for extending cinema's narrative scope beyond the typically narrow range it has long inhabited.

4.0
Metro Magazine

Metro Magazine

press

You may view Vai’s merits through its empowerment of brown women – and that’s valid, incredibly so – but it’s also simply a lovely film.

Flicks, Liam Maguren

Flicks, Liam Maguren

flicks

The latest from the producers of Waru, Vai tells eight stories about one woman's journey of empowerment through culture. Each portion shows a different period of her life, told in real time, and directed by a different female Pasifika filmmaker.

3.0
Stuff

Stuff

press

Provides a terrific showcase for unsung film-making and acting talent, with the likes of Betsy Luitolo, Agnes Pele and Evotia-Rose Araiti surely destined for bright futures.

4.0
Roger Ebert

Roger Ebert

press

It isn’t just gorgeous, it feels spiritually poignant, a reaffirmation of cultural identity and a showcase of the strength of women’s stories.

New Zealand Herald

New Zealand Herald

press

Although it may lack the intense urgency of Waru, Vai carries an equally strong emotional resonance, and functions as a similarly effective argument for extending cinema's narrative scope beyond the typically narrow range it has long inhabited.

4.0
Metro Magazine

Metro Magazine

press

You may view Vai’s merits through its empowerment of brown women – and that’s valid, incredibly so – but it’s also simply a lovely film.