A Boy Called Piano Film Festival


Join us at the Japan-Pacific Lecture Theatre, Laucala Campus for the Pacific Human Rights Film Festival this Saturday.  This Saturday’s Film Festival will feature the story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu, the award-winning documentary feature from The Conch, featuring Matthias Luafutu, Tane Luafutu, Tupe Lualua and Aaron McGregor.

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About The A Boy Called Piano

At 11 years old, Faʻamoana John Luafutu was taken to the Auckland Family Court, and made a ward of the state. He was then sent to Owairaka Boys home, and later Kohitere – a boys training centre – that was one of the main subjects of the recent Royal Commission of Inquiry into abuse in state care. The story of Luafutu and the thousands of children who also went through state care has not been told like this. Until now.

A Boy Called Piano is the product of a long-term collaboration between Nina Nawalowalo’s theatre company The Conch, Fa’amoana John Luafutu and the Luafutu Aiga. The film blends dramatised sequences and powerful interviews with beautiful aerial and underwater photography – translating Nawalowalo’s celebrated visual storytelling to the screen for the first time.

This heart-breaking story details Luafutu’s time as a state ward. At its core, it is a story about fathers and sons, intergenerational trauma and redemption. Using his voice for the voiceless, Luafutu and Nawalowalo vitally bring this story to light. A must-watch for all New Zealanders. — Lana Lopesi

About Japan Pacific ICT Centre


The Multipurpose Theater located in the Japan Pacific ICT Centre on Laucala Campus, Suva, Fiji is a state of the art performance space gifted to the University and the region by the Government and the people of Japan.

The Multipurpose Theater is a functional space, well suited to medium-scale events and performances accommodating 307 persons. The stage, set against a backdrop of theatrical velour curtains, film screens, and state of the art technologies and lighting system is perfect for solo or group performances. The staging is designed specially to accommodate events requiring open floor space. The Multipurpose Theater is also ideal for conferences, lectures and films

The Multipurpose Theater includes in-house media and full stage lighting systems with variable presets ranging from focused spotlights sophisticated theatrical lighting system focused on the stage with a control room, from which users can select a variety of lighting options. The media system includes a variety of devices, including microphones, laptops, HD video players, high definition RGB component video inputs and auxiliary devices such as an iPod or other music devices.



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