Wantok Stori, Collaboration and Exchange: Towards the Development of Creative Industries in Solomon Islands

Adriel Tahisi, Samantha Cooper

Abstract


This paper outlines and analyses our experience of the establishment of Wantok Stori, a community collaboration team, and the completion of the short film ‘Wea nao mi?’ (Where am I?). Wantok Stori brings together Victorian Pacific Islander and Solomon Island young people. The joint production team of producers, artists and communities spread between Honiara, Solomon Islands and Melbourne, Australia have worked together since 2011. 'Wea nao mi?', the first project, shared stories and skills using online discussion, film-making and training to explore and celebrate the diversity of Pacific culture. The film premièred in 2012 at the 11th Festival of Pacific Arts in Honiara. The project attempts to invite participation by diaspora communities, engage human power, and use simple and accessible communications forms and training styles to 'create and industry where there is no industry'.

Keywords


collaborative filmmaking; Solomon Islands; community cultural development

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Asia Pacific Journal of Arts and Cultural Management; ISSN 1449-1184
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