The third Pacific Human Rights Film Festival

Fiji Islands, Fiji

The opening of the third Pacific Human Rights Film Festival will take place on Saturday 4 November 2023. From 2:00 to 6:00 pm (Fiji time) at The University of the South Pacific (USP)'s ICT Japan Pacific Multimedia Theatre in Suva, Fiji with the film: Oceans Apart: Greed, Betrayal and Pacific Island Rugby. More info about the official opening here.



Background information​

The third Pacific Human Rights Film Festival, launched by SPC in 2021 and running yearly with associated partners and sponsors, has been one of Fiji's most successful film festivals in recent years. This year, it is set to expand further still.

This year's festival will take place from 4 November to 9 December.  It features free film screenings, Q&As and extended talanoa sessions on various subjects related to human rights. Screenings will take place at the University of the South Pacific (USP)'s ICT Japan Pacific Multimedia Theatre in Suva, Fiji – with selected films screened across the Pacific region on USP campuses.

This year, we look at human rights issues as they relate to: Pacific and Fijian rugby; the Pacific and Fijian creative sector; cultural issues around motherhood and infertility; climate threat; refugeeism; gender-based violence; LGBTQI+ and MVP FAFF; HIV and AIDS awareness; free speech; Pacific intergenerational trauma and the power of arts and especially filmmaking to break these cycles.

The consistent themes are women's and child's rights, emphasising postcolonial and indigenous identity, voices and stories.

We also celebrate along with UNOHCHR 75 Years since the signing of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

If you would like to know more, please email the organisers at: [email protected]



Saturday 4th November 2pm-6pm 


Oceans Apart: Greed and Betrayal in Pacific Rugby (Pacific) 

Sport sector and human rights 

Saturday 11th November 2pm-6pm 


Performances, exhibitions, readings, screenings by various artists (Pacific) 

Taonga: An Artist Activist

Arts and creative sector interaction with human rights 


Saturday 18th November 2pm-6pm 

New Zealand High Commission

A Boy Called Piano (NZ/Pacific) 

Historical internment of young Pacific Island boys (Samoan/Maori), PTSD, rehabilitation through performance, art and film 

Wednesday 22nd November 5pm-9pm 


Le Havre (Finland/France) 


Saturday 25th November 2pm-6pm 

New Caledonia/Cook Islands 

Little Girl’s War Cry (Cook Islands) 

Bombardées (New Caledonia) 

Gender Based Violence 

Wednesday 29th November 5pm-9pm 


You The Choice of My Parents (Fiji) 4 minutes 

Indlela Yokuphila: The Soul's Journey (South Africa) 7 minutes 

The Boy The Mole The Fox and The Horse (UK) 30 minutes

Maui: Adventures Capturing the Sun (Hawaii) 2 minutes 

Aikane (Hawaii) 14 minutes 

Sina Ma Tinirau (Fiji) 9 minutes 

Animated shorts suitable for all ages, multiple HR issues 

Saturday 2nd December 2pm-5pm 

Ministry of Health & Medical Services – Fiji
HIV Made me Fabulous (and other short movies) 



Wednesday 6th December 5pm-9pm 

British High Commission 

Writing With Fire (India) 

Caste System, Gender Based Violence, Sexual Assault, Corruption, Journalism  

Saturday 9th December 2pm-6pm 


High Tide Don’t Hide (NZ/Pacific)

Youth climate activism in New Zealand



Art competition
Take part and win some great prizes. The Pacific Human Rights Film Festival art competition - led by the European Union - is open to all in the Pacific. 
Deadline: Monday 4 December, 2023
Enter now:!wDvhD7 
For more info:!ngJGgX
Winners will be announced on Saturday, 9 December at the final film screening of the #PacificHumanRightsFilmFestival



Karine Gatellier, Information, Communications and Visibility Officer, Human Rights and Social Development Division, Pacific Community (SPC) |Email: [email protected]  
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Karine Gatellier
Joint Event
Joint Partner
NewThe University of the South Pacific, Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Trade, and Sida