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The Vibrant Shimmer

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Title: The Vibrant Shimmer
Authors: Barclay, Barry
Keywords: documentary films
film critics
Maori filmmaking
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television documentaries

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LC Subject Headings: Oceania -- Periodicals.
Issue Date: 1999
Publisher: University of Hawai'i Press
Center for Pacific Islands Studies
Citation: Barclay, B. 1999. The Vibrant Shimmer. The Contemporary Pacific 11 (2): 390-413.
Abstract: Interweaving strands from Gauguin's paintings created in Brittany (before he went to Tahiti), A E Housman's poems, Maori playwright Hone Kouka, Maori ancestors, and several decades of filmmaking experience, this paper looks at the making and unmaking of Maori documentary films. Tensions and misunderstanding between Maori filmmakers and Pakeha critics and funding agencies are examined. It is suggested that Maori projects and approaches are frequently undervalued because of different "gradients" in aesthetic sensibility and worldview.
ISSN: 1043-898X
Appears in Collections:TCP [The Contemporary Pacific], 1999 - Volume 11, Number 2

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