A tropical hilltopview with the ocean at left and a green mountain at right

Welcome to the South Pacific

These short documentary films share personal stories from the Marquesas Islands in French Polynesia

Exploring through the power of personal stories

This series delves into Marquesan culture by listening to the stories people want to tell about their lives. From one person to the next, these films explore tradition, colonization, loss, and joy in the Marquesas Islands of French Polynesia.

Episode One with Debora Kimitete: We visit the sacred site of Koueva on Nuku Hiva, a site dedicated to Debora’s husband, Lucien. He was critical to the resurgence of Marquesan culture, and he disappeared without a trace in an airplane crash in 2002.

Episode Two with Nicolas Haiti: On Nuku Hiva, the Haiti family runs a coconut drying oven that supports the livelihoods of 50 local families. As we watch each step of the process, Nicolas shows us that work, and a sense of home, can be found on the land itself.

Episode Three with Teiki Huukena: From his first tattoo at the age of 14, Teiki has been studying Patutiki (Marquesan tattoo), including the traditional symbols and their correct placement on the body. His own skin is a record of this journey.

Episode Four in Hapatoni: Tehautetua Tauhiro and his family are the cultural guardians of their valley. Through daily activities, art, and music, this generation of leaders demonstrates the power of strengthening culture by sharing it.

Eric Guth in a parka on a snowmobile

Meet our photographer: Eric Guth

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Eric Guth is a photographer with extensive field experience in remote and polar regions. He is a naturalist with Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic and a field technician for James Balog’s Extreme Ice Survey in Antarctica as well as glacier cave research in Oregon, Washington, Patagonia, and Greenland. His portraiture spans both hemispheres, and his stories and photos…
Matt Mastrantuono smiles in the snow.

Meet our director: Matt Mastrantuono

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Matt has been making films for over a decade. His feature film, Chasing Sarasota, had a theatrical tour in over 30 cities on four continents. Matt was also a writer and producer for the Showtime documentary, Glena, where he helped take the no-budget, indie feature from a living room in Portland, Oregon to a major…
Jennifer Kingsley smiles in her winter gear.

About Jennifer Kingsley

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Jennifer Kingsley is a journalist and storyteller who specializes in the modern culture of communities around the world. She is the Field Correspondent for Lindblad Expeditions-National Geographic and a National Geographic Explorer. In 2015, Jennifer founded Meet the North, a project that shares personal stories from some of the Arctic’s four million citizens. She has…
Globe with the South Pacific at front

A new chapter

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This is the beginning of something new. I have been working with photographer Eric Guth for three years, but this will be the start of a new collaboration with filmmaker Matt Mastrantuono …