Meet The Tahitians: Meet Mareva


This past month we were invited over to the Islands of Tahiti by our good friends at Tahiti Tourisme so that we could learn exactly what the experience is like for visitors during the low season period.

The islands of Tahiti are arguably among the most stunningly beautiful in the world. Formed from the demise of 3 volcanoes, these islands not only have an incredible natural beauty, but they have an ancient, rich and diverse cultural heritage which remains strong to this day.

In this series, We seek to learn more about the traditions, beliefs, culture and heritage as We set out to discover the true essence of Tahiti when we ‘Meet the Tahitians’…

Episode 5 – Mareva

Mareva Leu is the Director of the International Oceanic Documentary Film Festival which is held every year in Tahiti.  Running on the 4-12 February, FIFO Tahiti as the festival is known, sees documentary filmakers from all over the Pacific region and beyond, gathering together to share their films and in so doing, challenge the status quo of Polynesian life, history and culture.

I caught up with Mareva in one of the beautiful parks in Papeete in order to learn more about the work of FIFO and how it is a medium which challenges us all to consider all facets of Pacific life whilst also challenging the stereotypes and prejudices which still exist.

As Mareva explains to me in this episode, FIFO is helping Pacific Islanders to truly tell their own story…


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