VAI (2019)


Closing Film – Singapore Premiere | Sun 27 Oct, 7.30pm | Oldham Theatre 

Dir. Nicole Whippy, Sharon Whippy, ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki, Matasila Freshwater, Amberley Jo Aumua, Mīria George, Marina Alofagia McCartney, Dianna Fuemana, Becs Arahanga | New Zealand | Anthology/Drama | 88 mins | DCP | English, Samoan, Maori & Tonga with English Subtitles | PG

When one thinks of ‘Crossroads’, one would imagine a landlocked locale. But in this portmanteau feature, eight Pacific women across seven islands are linked by their relationships with water, the literal translation of the word ‘Vai’. Vai is also the name of a woman whose life is mapped out by nine female directors – from a playful child to a wise great-grandmother. The eight shorts are filmed in poetic long takes along islands such as Fiji, Samoa and Tonga, highlighting pivotal moments experienced by the titular character, who has to decide between championing her culture and ambitions or succumb to the pull of modernisation. A profound meditation on time, connection and ancestry, this project is a testament to the experiences of indigenous South Pacific women.

Director in Attendance
Kiwi Tongan filmmaker ‘Ofa-Ki-Levuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki will be present for a post-screening Q&A.

This screening is supported by the New Zealand High Commission in Singapore.


  • Official Selection (Berlin International Film Festival)
  • Official Selection (SXSW Film Festival)


Concession (Others) is applicable to all current Students, Seniors above 55, Full-Time National Servicemen (NSFs) and Singapore Film Society Film Addicts. Consession (PAssion Card Members) are applicable to those who all PAssion Card members. Concession ticket holders will have to present their identification at the door. We reserve the right to decline admission without valid documentation.

Rule of Thirds Discount | $9.00 per ticket

Every bundle of three tickets purchased entitles you to a special price of $9.00 per ticket. Use it on yourself to enjoy different films, or watch the same film together with your friends!


Sun 27 Oct | Oldham Theatre | 7.30pm

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