MEDIA & PUBLICATIONS
Browse through some links to stories about Kalo and her personal journey across the Pacific to connect with the land, people and spirits of her ancestors, as well as links to some of her professional and creative works.
ICDP: THE FORGOTTEN VOICES OF OCEANIA
As the founding director of the Pasifika Film Fest, it has been my long-term objective to create a Pasifika Film Industry that brings the stories of the ‘South Seas’ to the cinematic screen. I believe the time is right for the forgotten voices of Oceania to be heard, with the Australian Government’s push to secure soft power in the region underlining the Pacific’s awakening from decades of disregard.
PACIFIC BEAT: KALO'S JOURNEY BACK TO PNG
Kalolaine Uechtritz Fainu is a Tongan-Australian woman who grew up around Pacific communities in Australia but, she always felt a calling to Papua New Guinea's East New Britain province.
Since the late 19th century until 1990, generations of her family lived in East New Britain and the stories of their lives have been embedded in family lore.
ABC: DEATH BROUGHT KALO TO PNG
"In Papua New Guinea, the catchcry is 'expect the unexpected!'"
It's a familiar concept for Kalolaine Uechtritz Fainu, a Tongan-Australian woman who grew up around Pacific communities in Australia.
Still, she didn't realise how accurate the phrase would become when she arrived in East New Britain province in PNG last year for what she thought would be a three-month stay.
2 August 2020
MAT: RECLAIMING OUR SPACE AS PASIFIKA STORYTELLERS
Podcast: Melanesian Women Today host Mereani Sovick interviews Kalo Fainu on reclaiming our space as Pasifika storytellers.