FILM AUSTRALIA COLLECTION

Title Details

ATOLL - Life in Kiribati

The geographical isolation of Kiribati has enabled its people to retain much of their traditional way of life.
Series : Human Face of the Pacific, The | Episode : 1 | Year : 1983 | Total Duration : 27.5 Minutes | Producer : Dennis O'Rourke (Series Producer), Oliver Howes (Producer), Ian Adkins (Assistant Producer)
Director : Oliver Howes |
Aerials over the atolls of Kiribati. Lower travelling aerials over shrubbery on island. MS Micronesian fisherman Kotao carrying basket to canoe in shallows with his wife Ang and friends helping him rig up. Scenes are intercut with VS islanders singing in large groups in the meeting hall known as maneaba.
Access No. 136552 | 1 min 14 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS Kiribati fisherman Kotao walking his outrigger canoe in shallows with his wife assisting him while their pig swims behind her. MS piglet being taken ashore by friend. VS Kotao and his wife setting sails and sailing lagoon with POV shots of sails and boat. CU Kotao's wife pumping water from canoe.
Access No. 136553 | 1 min 27 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS Kiribati fisherman Kotao and his wife fishing with hand lines from their outrigger canoe. Zoom to Kotao bringing in red bream. WS sea from island of Tabitauea South and zoom out from woman catching long white sea worm. WS of woman with daughter, small son and dog wading through shallow lagoon looking for shellfish and sea worms.
Access No. 136554 | 1 min 15 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS 14 year old Manuera, daughter of Kotao and his wife digging in shallow lagoon for shellfish and sea worms with her mother. VS of Manuera in hut being prepared for special ceremony to celebrate her first menstrual period. CUs of her half naked body being rubbed with coconut oil and being taken at night to a pool in a palm grove to cleanse herself.
Access No. 136555 | 1 min 56 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Tilt from crowing rooster on hut top at night down to hut entrance where 14 year old Manuera is having a grass skirt fitted and cut to shape. VS of Manuera and woman working on skirt which is cut to three layers. Tilt from palm trees down to rain water filling troughs. GS Islanders sitting under shelter in rain with pan to palm trees in rain.
Access No. 136556 | 1 min 29 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS of feast being prepared at night for 14 year old Manuera at the end of her ritual puberty ceremony at the onset of her menstrual period. VS Manuera accompanied by young boy arriving for feast in ceremonial clothing. CUs baby being rocked in woman's arms and VS other villagers.
Access No. 136557 | 1 min 10 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Young women from Kiribati village gathering buckets and GS woman dipping bucket into well through porous coral rock. Manuera's older sister bathing baby in bucket with dog and pig in background. Pan from family group gathered sitting on mat to MS Manuera combing wet hair and VS of her walking to school in her grass skirt accompanied by younger girls.
Access No. 136558 | 1 min 7 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Zoom out from teenage boy playing drum to line of schoolchildren marching in lines. VS inside classroom with teacher pointing to English words on blackboard and children responding in unison. CUs faces. WS of village with children riding bicycles along street. VS children playing game of tug-of-war and playing in groups.
Access No. 136559 | 1 min 32 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS Kiribati villagers sitting on mats talking in groups, playing cards and relaxing. GS woman cooking on open fire and MS with Kotao describing village life as fishing, cutting toddy and cultivating. VS cutting toddy, VS Kotao climbing tree. Zoom out from CU Kotao cutting toddy and singing. VS toddy being cut fresh and being hung to ferment in coconut shell containers.
Access No. 136560 | 1 min 49 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Tilt up from woman pouring toddy syrup known as kamaimai and pan across villagers. Canoe repairs with VS village elders working with younger men. VS carpentry work on canoes with CUs of men planing wood, CUs of nylon fishing line and cord and CU of cord being made from coconut fibre. VS women recovering coconut husks buried in white sand to use remaining fibres. CUs woman beating the fibre to separate for cord making.
Access No. 136561 | 1 min 55 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS of the process of cord making performed by women who separate the fibre and rolling the fibres on their thighs. VS canoe owner Toamane working on canoe with other canoebuilders. VS of his daughter Masarine helping around meal making. VS Masarine walking with arms along sandy village road with group of female friends with arms around one another.
Access No. 136562 | 1 min 2 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Group of giggling teenage girls walking arm in arm along sandy village road and deviating off into bush against local law. MS of the girls picking flowers from trees, giggling, playing with fruit from the trees and chanting. WS pan across village from locals riding bikes and children on sandy roads to large thatched hut. VS of performers in maneaba (meeting hall) dancing and presenting ceremonial food.
Access No. 136563 | 1 min 34 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
CU face of laughing Kiribati teenage girl and VS of girls putting on their dancing finery. VS inside the maneaba (meeting hall) of two teenage girls performing the sitting dance to crowd of older villagers and younger children all singing. Older men also performing singing seated on ground draped in palm fronds and flower garlands on heads. VS villagers dancing and singing.
Access No. 136564 | 3 mins 24 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Tilt down from palm trees to Kuarere in stream planting babai (swamp taro) on muddy banks. Interview with Teakea about the importance of the babai plant economically and socially. VS babai plantation and couple tending it. Tilt up pandanas to nuts being knocked down by villager with stick and VS of villagers processing the nuts. CUs men crushing nuts with stones and VS women cooking the nuts in an open pit under hot stones.
Access No. 136565 | 1 min 56 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS villagers processing pulp from pandanus nuts and spreading over leaves and drying in sun on racks. Village children playing games on sand next to huts jumping over sticks. VS outrigger canoe returning in late afternoon light with Teakea and his brother. VS children helping to take down sails, unload fish and bring outrigger in. MS interview with Islander about the problem of outside fishing in the area.
Access No. 136566 | 2 mins 33 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS village men washing behind woven screen. VS women cleaning fish and cooking them over flame. VS men sitting on ground on mats and pouring tea and family groups sitting on mats in late afternoon light eating.
Access No. 136568 | 2 mins 2 secs | 1980s | Kiribati | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |