3 Feb 2009

Head of Pacific Documentary Film Festival says films on offer were impressive

12:01 pm on 3 February 2009

The head of the jury for this year's Pacific Documentary Film Festival in French Polynesia says the films on offer were impressive.

Sixteen movies from the Pacific region had been shortlisted for the five-day event.

The Great Jury Prize went to the New Zealand film, An Island Calling, that deals with the murder of the head of the Fiji Red Cross, John Scott, and his partner in 2001.

Pierre-Henri Deleau says while most movies were good, An Island Calling was the clear winner.

"The focus of the political situation of Fiji first and behind that the focus on the fact that fundamentalist groups start to operate] in Oceania like in the Muslim world is very interesting and that's why we were very touched by the movie."

Pierre-Henri Deleau says the movies, "River of No Return", "the Oasis" and "Sevrapeck City", received all a special jury prizes.