Private Project

Pūtahi Kotahitanga (2016)

Created in 2010, the Pūtahi or Kotahitanga is a gathering of artists and art students from the Pacific (Tahiti, Aotearoa, Tonga, New-Caledonia, Hawaii, Fiji), which goal is to promote the sharing of knowledge and skills in order to inscribe the oceanian cultures on the international artistic scene and counter the eurocentric idea that oceanians don't have a word to designate the art like the western world. Shot in New-Zealand in 2016, this documentary dives into the artistic creation and community life of the fourth edition of the Pūtahi. The artists reveal through questions and reflections, their practices, their doubts and their creative process.

  • Are Raimbault
  • Viri Taimana
  • KE'A Concepts & Productions
  • Project Title (Original Language):
    Pūtahi Kotahitanga
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  • Runtime:
    35 minutes 9 seconds
  • Completion Date:
    November 15, 2016
  • Country of Origin:
    French Polynesia
  • Country of Filming:
    New Zealand
  • Language:
    English, French
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Director Biography - Are Raimbault

Are Raimbault is a Polynesian director born and raised in Tahiti. He studied filmmaking and art at the University of Montreal for three years before graduating. Following the win of a short film contest in Tahiti in 2011, he started his own small audiovisual agency whose goal is to produce institutional and commercial videos and photo shoots for different companies in French Polynesia. Within a five-year period, he developed some specific skills through positions such as communication manager at the territorial assembly, cameraman and editor in the two local TV stations and project manager in an advertisement company. Are is someone who has always hold the different issues facing the Tahitian autochthonous community close to his heart. His strong interest on the matter pushes him to start directing short documentaries covering culturally oriented topics and events. It was only natural to him to take on the direction of his first medium length film : “Pūtahi Kotahitanga” with the gracious help of Le Centre des Métiers d’Art de la Polynésie française. The documentary, filmed in January 2016 happens to be the first documentary made/produced/written by tahitians about contemporary art in Oceania.

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Director Statement

"Changing perceptions is a slow process but if this film can educate and promote oceanian autochthonous expression in the world and help the indigenous people get more recognition, then my job will be done"