Vilsoni Hereniko is the first indigenous Fijian (from Rotuma) to make a feature film. Titled The Land Has Eyes (2004), his first feature premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and was Fiji’s official submission to the Academy Awards (2005). It won several awards, including Best Dramatic Feature at the Toronto Imaginative Film and Media Arts Festival (2004). He has also made several documentaries and two short narrative films. A stage director and playwright who has written more than a dozen plays, he is also a full professor at the Academy for Creative Media at the University of Hawaii. He was also a recipient of the Asia Pacific Screen Lab (2015).
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