Stunning short film inspired by Vanuatu melds poetry, cinema and message of kindness

‘My Son’, a new short film inspired by and filmed in Vanuatu, is a moving note from a mother to her unborn child. It mixes poetry with amazing imagery shot (mostly) on location in Vanuatu – and carries with it a strong message of tolerance, humanity and kindness.

Directed and co-produced by Germain Lalot and written and co-produced by Claire Endress, with a voiceover in english and french captions. Enjoy it on Vimeo.

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Vanuatu heavyweight killed by sting in the tail

No, nothing to do with this week’s news… some light entertainment for a change.

From the world capital of weird television, Japan, comes this gem — Bug Fights! Round 21: Vanuatu Giant Centipede vs Deathstalker Scorpion. Taf taf taf!


A new Muslim in the Pacific : Islam in Vanuatu

Here’s an new Youtube video about Islam as practiced in Vanuatu, by ni-Vanuatu. It looks at the mosque in Mele village. It is interesting to hear that news of Vanuatu’s top place in the Happy Planet Index made it to the Islamic world, and that there are supposedly 1,000 Muslims on Tanna, followers of the ni-Vanuatu Muslim convert who called himself Nambanga (Banyan Tree). In Arabic, with english subtitles.


How healthy is our society?

A new documentary, ‘Well-Being in Vanuatu’, has just been released. It highlights key findings from a pilot study on ni-Vanuatu well-being conducted between 2010-2012 by the Malvatumauri National Council of Chiefs and the Vanuatu National Statistics Office.

The documentary asks questions about how we currently define ourselves as a country — how do we measure how well we are doing collectively, as a society? Do we use western methods that measure mostly economic criteria, or do we use other measurements that are more relevant to the way we actually live our lives in Vanuatu?

The study is part of the ‘Alternative Indicators of Well-Being for Melanesia’ project, endorsed by the Melanesian Spearhead Group and due to roll out in Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Fiji in 2013.


Amazing video of Ambrym’s Marum volcano lava lake

Vanuatu is one of the world’s most active volcanic hotspots. But even here in Vanuatu, it is possible to occasionally forget about the awe-inspiring power just beneath our feet. This video is a reminder of nature’s incredible, raw power.

NZ film maker Geoff Mackley captured this footage in August this year: Read the rest of this entry »