Hiama is an amazing reclamation of the horror genre through a Solomon Islands lens. When a teenage girl encounters racism and microaggressions at her high school, her Hiama (shamanic guardian spirit) teaches her to invoke her inner power into a new reality.
Director/Writer: Matasila Freshwater (Solomon Islands)
Producers: Lisa Taouma (Sāmoan), Maria Tanner (Rarotonga) Aotearoa (New Zealand) | 2021 | 13 min
English | Dramatic Short
Content Warnings: Violence, bloodletting, torture, mutilation or criminal activity, triggering historical trauma (Residential schools, Indian Act, 60s Scoop, MMIWG2S)
Matasila Freshwater is an emerging writer/director acclaimed for her work in reframing the Eurocentric genre of horror. Her short film Hiama is the Solomon Islands story featured in the Pacific anthology Vai.
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