15 Jun 2021

Episode 5: Coup Culture (Fiji) | Untold Pacific History

From Untold Pacific History, 6:00 am on 15 June 2021

Series Classification: PG (Parental Guidance Recommended for Younger Viewers).

In this episode we will examine how and why Indian populations were brought to Fiji, and how the inequities under the colonial government’s ‘Girmit’ system, created a society of instability and countless coups.

Delving into the legacy of the colonial history that underpins much of the racial disharmony in modern day Fiji, this episode examines some of the fraught factors that have led to the migration of Indo-Fijian and indigenous Fijian communities to Aotearoa.

Jope Tarai being interviewed in Suva

Jope Tarai being interviewed in Suva Photo: AFA RASMUSSEN

Mahendra Chaudry being interviewed in Suva

Mahendra Chaudry being interviewed in Suva Photo: AFA RASMUSSEN

Director, Tuki Laumea, interviews Mahendra Chaudry in Suva

Director, Tuki Laumea, interviews Mahendra Chaudry in Suva Photo: AFA RASMUSSEN

Aerial shot of Suva city and harbour today

Aerial shot of Suva city and harbour today Photo: AFA RASMUSSEN

Aerial shot of Suva city and harbour today

Aerial shot of Suva city and harbour today Photo: AFA RASMUSSEN

About Tikilounge Productions:

Tikilounge Productions

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Tikilounge Productions brings the stories of the Moana to the world and amplifies indigenous narratives by centering indigenous voices as the mainstream. The multi award winning young team of Tikilounge creatives are constantly evolving forms of Pacific storytelling, as they share their kaupapa and histories with the world.

The Untold Pacific History series is an attempt to unravel some of the histories of the Pacific region as a starting point to wider conversations around what has happened in NZ’s colonial past.

With a raft of award winning feature documentaries and a variety of Film and TV Producer credits under its belt, Tikilounge Productions is also the creator of the world's biggest online hub of Pasifika content in the portal the coconet.tv.

Additional audio provided courtesy of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision

Additional audio provided courtesy of Ngā Taonga Sound & Vision Photo: Ngā Taonga

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