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Local film moves audience into action

Thursday September 25, 2014 Written by Published in Local

An audience that took in the opening screening of a locally-made movie on some of the issues facing young women was “stunned into action”, says an organiser with the currently underway Kokonati Film Festival.

President Vaine Wichman of the Cook Islands National Council of Women said feedback of the “The Island Night” – a locally produced short film screened on Monday to open the film festival – was “eye and heart-opening”.
Wichman said the movie has the power to get the community to start talking openly on the incidence of physical and sexual violence in the country.
The movie had an impact on viewers, she said, “stunning them into action”.
Also on Monday, the CINCW held a ‘puroku’ (special ceremony) for New Zealand High Commissioner Joanna Kempkers, her family, and Deputy High Commissioner Aimee Jephson.
The ceremony was held in recognition of the support the New Zealand Government has paid to gender equality and women’s empowerment, said Wichman.
The CINCW also presented key findings from a recently released report that looked at the prevalence of domestic violence in the Cook Islands.
Wichman thanked everyone who accepted the invitation to witness the screening of “The Island Night”, and those who witnessed the Puroku for Kempkers and her family.
She added thanks to those who took “... into their hearts the key findings coming out of the family health and safety report, regarding the prevalence and incidence of physical and sexual violence in our country.”
Motone’s Kokonati Film Festival continues today with the screening of two documentaries; “Children of the Migration” – a flim that explores the experiences of a second wave Pacific Islander living in New Zealand, and “Songs for the Bigger Island”, the story of Cook Islands musician Will Crummer.
Doors at the Kokonati Cafe in Matavera open at 7pm, and tickets are $5.

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