Nothing less than equal film festival


  • FREE admission
  • Five nights of films, entertainment, giveaways and panel discussions
  • 29 November-10 December 2015
  • From 6pm at Damodar City Cinemas, Suva, Fiji

A first for Fiji, this film festival provides an opportunity not only to build awareness and improve understanding about the multiple forms of violence experienced by women and girls in our region and beyond, but also to promote respectful, equal, strong, and healthy relationships.

Nine award-winning feature films and documentaries from Fiji, Tonga, Papua New Guinea, India, New Zealand, Hawai’i and New York, Australia, Cambodia, Afghanistan, and Cameroon will be screened for free from 29 November to 10 December, 6pm, Damodar City Cinemas.

The films provide a spectrum of stories that are equally confronting, disturbing, funny, thought-provoking and moving. Each has been selected based on its empowering messages and promotion of gender equality and women’s rights, reflecting diversity in terms of ethnicity, age and gender identity.

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Pick up your FREE tickets now at Damodar Event Cinemas, Suva, Fiji.

Check out photos from the Film Festival and other 16 Days of Activism events


OPENING NIGHT: Sunday 29 November, 6pm-9.30pm

  • Festival opening
  • Performance of 16 Days of Activism song by Erakah and FWRM‘s Emerging Leaders Forum 6
  • Panel – A tribute to women’s human rights defenders
  • Short films: Introducing FWRM digital stories
  • Short documentary: Dance Selina

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Feature movie: I AM A GIRL (United States, Australia, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Papua New Guinea)
A documentary that tells the stories of six girls aged between 17 and 19 from United States, Australia, Cambodia, Afghanistan, Cameroon, Papua New Guinea. Using interviews with the girls and observational footage as they go through important life events and rites of passage in their own countries, their experiences highlight issues of gender inequality, abuse, mental health and family planning.
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Monday 30 November, 6pm-9pm

  • Panel discussion
  • Short film: IAMNOBODI’s “Reaction”

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Feature movie: Once were warriors (Aotearoa New Zealand)
A compelling, beautiful and sometimes harrowing story about violence, poverty, tragedy and change. Once were warriors follows an urban Maori family for whom unemployment, alcohol, crime and domestic violence are features of daily life. It is also a story of women pushing beyond traditional expectations, as well as about their resilience, courage and strength.
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Wednesday 2 December, 6pm-8.40pm

  • Panel discussion on issues raised in Out in the night
  • Short film: Tits on a Bull (Aotearoa New Zealand)
    A story that follows the young star of a Maori women’s rugby team in rural New Zealand as she struggles to choose between her longtime friendship with her ageing coach and her new relationship with the team captain.


Feature movie: Out in the night (United States)
The story of for young lesbian and gender non-conforming African American women in New York City’s West Village who were brutally assaulted by a stranger in 2006. In defending themselves, they also unwittingly left themselves vulnerable to extended prison sentences.
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Monday 7 December, 6pm-9.40pm

  • Panel discussion on issues raised in Lakshmi


Feature movie: Lakshmi (India)
Based on true events, Lakshmi is a story of heroism and courage. Lakshmi, a 13-year-old girl, is kidnapped and sold into prostitution. Thrown into a horrific, inhuman world where she is raped and brutally beaten, she barely survives with the help of the other girls and her own determination to never give in. Following her eventual rescue, she resists physical threats, bribes, psychological and social pressure to testify in court against her traffickers.
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CLOSING NIGHT: Thursday 10 December, 6pm-9pm

  • Closing remarks
  • Performance from the Free & Equal Choir
  • Meet the filmmakers – Joe Wilson and Dean Hamer
  • Panel – human rights
  • Short film: Free & Equal Pacific

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Feature movie: Kumu Hina (Hawai’i/Tonga)
Set in a world where a little boy can grow up to be the woman of his dreams, and a young girl can rise to become a leader among men, Kumu Hina is a powerful story told through the eyes of two extraordinary native Hawaiians. The first is a proud and confident mahu (transgender woman), an honoured kumu (teacher), cultural practitioner and community leader; the other is a young person identifying as ‘in the middle’ and a born leader.
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