Taonga An Artist Activist

Mike’s life story is a journey of art, his connection to artistic expression in all its forms is what wakes him up in the morning and sees him retire to bed late at night. This short documentary seeks to capture Mike’s connection with art and teaching. How he experiments and pushes boundaries when others will remain cautious. How he provokes and questions the status quo always seeking knowledge and answers to questions that others may be too conservative to ask.

  • Glenda Tuaine
    Atui Akaou - Reconnect , Stop the Scam, Kia orana Modules
  • Leanne Ferrer
    Pacific Islanders in Communications
  • Cheryl Hirasa
    Pacific Islanders in Communications
  • Raed Teariki Ra
    DIrector of Photography
    Atui Akaou- Reconnect, The Language of War, The Marionette, Silent
  • Project Type:
    Documentary, Short
  • Runtime:
    15 minutes
  • Completion Date:
    April 1, 2022
  • Production Budget:
    41,747 USD
  • Country of Origin:
    Cook Islands
  • Country of Filming:
    Cook Islands
  • Language:
  • Shooting Format:
    Digital - pro res H:264
  • Aspect Ratio:
  • Film Color:
  • First-time Filmmaker:
  • Student Project:
  • Maoriland Film Festival 2022
    New Zealand
    New Zealand
  • Paris Short Film Festival 2022
    September 24, 2022
    Best Short Documentary
  • Pasifika Film Festival
    November 27, 2022
  • Brussels International Film Festival
    December 22, 2022
    Best Short Documentary
Distribution Information
  • Motone Productions
    Country: Cook Islands
    Rights: All Rights
Director Biography - Glenda Tuaine

Glenda Tuaine is a Producer, Director, Scriptwriter, and occasional actor that lives in Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Glenda works on film projects that span artistic and corporate in the Cook islands. She develops and produces those through her company Motone Productions which she has with her husband and sound engineer Maurice Newport. She also develops creative events and runs KukiCre8tive a film and performing arts programme for youth with fellow creative and dancer Raed Teariki Ra. Glenda collaborates with many creatives in the Pacific on a variety of digital and live products. Taonga An Artist Activist was Glenda's first movement in short documentary making and she loved every minute of it including the long hours of editing! Glenda co- directed and scripted Atui Akaouanga - Reconnect - a TV feature on Cook Islands during Covid, scripted a short film on domestic violence called NO MORE SILENCE and has directed many community and corporate videos for a variety of clients. Her future dream is to make her film on Cook Islands music heroes of old, and to create her drama short film that de-bunks our attitude towards disabilities , oh... and the Kukicre8tive TV show for youth. Her approach is if Covid has taught us anything it is to 'Seize the Day'.

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Director Statement

Telling a story or the stories of others through film is a privilege.Taking the time to listen and understand the connections and translate that is a bloody honor.