13 Feb 2012

Australian film wins Tahiti documentary film festival

6:31 am on 13 February 2012

The Australian movie 'Murundak, Songs of Freedom' has won the top prize at the Pacific Documentary Film Festival in French Polynesia.

The public's preferred festival film however was a documentary about the late pro-independence politician Pouvanaa a Oopa, whom France sent into exile in the late 1950s after a controversial court case.

The film 'Pouvanaa, elected by the people' was made by Marie-Hélène Villierme.

Only a week ago, the French president Nicolas Sarkozy said in a televised video address to Tahitians that he is authorising the opening of the archives on Pouvanaa's file, adding that this may pave the way for a retrial and his possible rehabilitation.