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‘Pacific Voices’ is a collection of 11 films featuring poets and visual artists from around the Pacific. The films were made to amplify the presence of Pacific nations at COP 26 in Glasgow, November 2021.
These poets of the Moana bring us fighting words, love letters and laments. They ask us to feel – for a moment – the overwhelm of planetary grief. To feel the king tides hit. To drown in it a little. To gasp and grasp for the preciousness of our breath.
While the science calls on everything we can measurably know, the poets of the Moana call on everything we’ve ever known. We call on all that exists beyond our knowing – our ancestral legacies and languages – seeking the synchronies that held the secrets to our sustainability.
Produced by the Mana Moana Collective with Storybox, this collection captures these contemporary artists and poets at a time of great urgency and indigenous resurgence
A climate activist and poet
Sisilia Eteuati, Tanifatea Leone Eteuati Rankin,
Tigiilagi Kilifoti Eteuati Rankin
Music and Sound Design
Full credits at the end of the video
Sue Pearson Bio for Mana Moana 2023. Norfolk Islander, Sue Pearson’s Pasifika family extend to Pitcairn & Tahiti. Sue has a BA Visual Arts. Her work is housed in collections throughout Aotearoa, the Pacific, USA, and Great Britain. Pearson’s work often enquires into and interoperates her Norfolk/Te Moana Nui a Hiwa heritage. Sue is a member of the “Ahu Sistas “collective formed around the preservation/revival of the tapa making practices of their tupuna wahine of Hitiaurevareva. Tapa is a prominent focus of her work. Pearson enjoys working collaboratively and across disciplines.