Pacific Studies Initiative Syllabi & Bibliographies



Syllabi & Bibliographies

Internet Resources

Pacific Film

ENG 765:

Spring 1999

Dr. Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard

Department of English

University of Hawai'i at Manoa

1733 Donnagho Road

Kuy 402

Honolulu, HI 96822


Primary Texts



Sons for the Return Home (Samoa, New Zealand/Aotearoa)

Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree (Samoa, New Zealand/Aotearoa)

Utu (NZ/Aotearoa), Geoff Murphy

Once Were Warriors (NZ/Aotearoa, Lee Tamahori

Storytellers of the Pacific (Hawai'i), Pacific Islanders in Communications

Then There Were None (Hawai'i), Elizabeth Lindsey

Happy Birthday, Tutu Ruth (Hawai'i), Carlyn Tani

Ngati (NZ/Aotearoa), Barry Barclay

Te Rua (NZ/Aotearoa), Barry Barclay

O Tamaiti (NZ/Aotearoa) , Sima Urale

Brown Sugar, (Samoa, NZ/Aotearoa) , Justine Simei-Barton

Beth's World (NZ/Aotearoa), Rena Owen, et al.


Cannibal Tours (Dennis O'Rourke)

Taking Pictures (Les McLaren & Annie Stiven)

Bedevil & Night Cries (Tracey Moffatt)


Chamorru Dreams, Eric Tydingco

Sacred Vessels: Navigating Tradition and Identity in Micronesia, Vince Diaz


Duff, Alan. 1990. Once Were Warriors. Auckland: Tandem Press.

Wendt, Albert. 1975. Sons for the Return Home. Auckland: Longman Paul.

Wendt, Albert. 1977. Flying Fox in a Freedom Tree.. Auckland: Longman Paul.

Critical Texts

Allen, Tricia. 1993. "Trashing Soundstage Earth." Honolulu Weekly. Vol. 3:47, Nov. 24, pp. 6-8.

Devereaux, L. And R. Hillman, Eds. 1995. Fields of Vision: Essays in Film Studies. Visual Anthropology, and Photography. Berkeley. University of California Press. 2

Douglas, Norman. 1994. "Electric Shadows in the South Seas: The Pacific Islands in Films-A Survey & Films on the Pacific Islands: A Comment on Their Use." Moving Images of the Pacific Islands: A Guide to Films and Video. Ed. Diane Aoki. Occasional Paper 38. Honolulu: Center for Pacific Islands Studies.

Dupuis, Reshela. 1996. "Romanticizing Colonialism: Power and Pleasure in Jane Campion's The Piano. The Contemporary Pacific 8(1) :51-79.

(Film Reviews for Once Were Warriors. [ The New Zealand Bulletin, Dec. 6, 1994:105-106; Newsweek, March 6, 1995:68; New York, Feb. 27, 1995:129; New York, March 6, 1995:54-55.]

Ginsburg, F. 1994. "Embedded Aesthetics: Creating a Discursive Space for Indigenous Media." Cultural Anthropology 9(3) :365-382.

Hall, Stuart. 1989. "Cultural Identity and Cinematic .Representation." Framework 36:68-81.

Hau‘ofa, Epeli. 1993. "Our Sea of Islands." In E. Waddell, V. Naidu & E. Hau'ofa, Eds. A New Oceania: Rediscovering Our Sea of Islands. Suva: University of the South Pacific, 2-16.

Hereniko, Vilsoni. 1995. "Interview with Alan Duff." The Contemporary Pacific 7(2) :327-344.

Jolly, Margaret. 1996. "From Point Venus to Bali Hai: Eroticism and Exoticism in Representations of the Pacific." In L. Manderson and M. Jolly, Eds. Sites of Desire/Economies' of Pleasure: Sexualities in Asia and the Pacific. Chicago: University of Chicago Press (in manuscript).

Langton, Marcia. 1993. "The Politics of Aboriginal Representation." Well. I heard it on the radio and I Saw it on the Television.. North Sydney: Australian Film Commission, 22-43.

Lutkehaus, Nancy. 1991. "Excuse Me, Everything is Not All Right": On Ethnography, Film and Representation." Cultural Anthropology 4(4) :424-437.

MacDougall, )avid. 1998. Transcultural Cinema. Princeton: Princeton University Press.

Mellon Jim. 1994. "Images of Micronesia on Film, 1944-1988." Pacific History: Papers from the 8th Pacific History Association Conference. Ed. Donald Rubinstein. Mangilao: University of Guam Press arid Micronesia Area Research Center, 385-403.

Michaels, Eric. 1994. "Aboriginal Content: Who's Got It -Who Needs It?" In Bad Aboriginal Art: Tradition. Media. and Technological Horizons. Minneapolis: 'University of Minnesota Press, 20-46.

Monaco, James. 1981. The Art Technology. Language, History and Theory of Film and Media. New York: Oxford University Press.

Morris, R.C. 1996. "Anthropology in the Body Shop: Lords of the Garden, Cannibalism, and the Consuming Desires of Televisual Anthropology." American Anthropologist 98(1) :137-150.

Reyes, Luis. 1995. Made in Paradise: Hollywood's Films of Hawaii and the South Seas. Honolulu: Mutual Pub.

Rony, F.T. 1996. "Time and Redemption in the 'Racial Film' of the 1920s and 19305." The Third Eve: Race. Cinema and Ethnographic Spectacle. Durham: Duke University Press, 129-155.

Simei-Barton, Tala Pasifika: Pacific Voices on Film. in Wasafiri, No. 25, Spring 1997.

Smyth, Rosaleen. 1991. "Reel History: The Pacific Islands on Film, Television and Video." Paper presented at ANU Workshop on Pacific History, Research School of Asian and Pacific Studies.

Thomas, Nicholas. 1993. "Gender and Politics of Tradition: Alan Duff's Once Were Warriors. In Kunapipi 15(2) :57-67.

Thompson, C. 1995. "Alan Duff: The Book, the Film, the Interview." Meanjin 54(1) :6-13.

Thompson, C. 1994. "In Whose Face?: An Essay on the work of Alan Duff. The Contemporary Pacific 6(2) :397-413.

Wendt, Albert. 1996. "Tatauing the Postcolonial Body." SPAN 42/43:15-29.


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