In Melbourne Australia, a group of young people from Pacific backgrounds came together with filmmakers to explore the experience of being young, urban and Pacific Islander. The result is Pearl, a beautiful short film written, directed and filmed by the Story Weavers Collective. It’s the story of Dinah, a young Polynesian woman struggling with her grandmothers death and the demands her family places upon her. She escapes down to the railway tracks where she spends her days. Trains pass by, mates pass by, cops pass by. Will life pass Dinah by?
Pearl is an accomplished short film that explores the experience of growing up P.I. in Australia. It’s the product of the Story Weavers Project, an intergenerational filmmaking project focused on Pacific Australian culture.
Written and Directed by the Story Weavers Collective Shannen Aualii, Roimata Harris, Joseph Chetty, Mikaela Goulding, Dana Tuilotolava, Lisa Hilli, George Samuels and Robbie McEwan
Premiering as part of the Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival in 2013, Pearl has had much success in being screened in numerous film festivals and being purchased for organisations and institutions to be utilised as an educational resource. In 2015 it was acquired by the Asian Pacific American Studies Department at Arizona State University, United States of America.
2015 Wairoa Maori Film Festival, Aotearoa New Zealand
2014 Pollywood Film Festival, Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand
2014 Pasifika Film Festival, BEMAC, Brisbane
2014 Melbourne Queer Film Festival, Melbourne
2013 Colour Fest Film Festival, National
2013 Pasifika Arts and Film Festival, Sydney
2013 World Premiere at SIGNAL, Contemporary Pacific Arts Festival, Melbourne
Story Weavers is supported by SIGNAL, Youth Arts Studio, City of Melbourne & Youthworx