Mary Lauati as Little Maria with Leiataua Afega “Ma” Si’ulepa as Nan Maria

MARIA premieres at Pollywood Pasifika Film festival in Auckland in a programme of short films by Pacific Islander filmmakers. Now in its 14th year, Pollywood 2016 includes eight Pasifika films in an eclectic mix of multi-genre work with a family theme.

MARIA tells the story of an ailing Polynesian matriarch who must find the strength to unite her fractured family. The film stars Leiataua “Ma” Si’uelpa, 82, as Nan Maria and introduces 8 year-old Mary Lauati  in a compelling role as Little Maria.

MARIA is written by Taofia Pelesasa, directed by Jeremiah Tauamiti and produced by Karin Williams of Multinesia Productions, with funding from the New Zealand Film Commission’s Fresh Shorts fund.

MARIA at Pollywood:
Te Uru Waitakere Contemporary Gallery – Weds 2 Nov @ 6pm
Mangere Arts Centre – Sat Nov 5 @ 5pm
Auckland Art Gallery – Sat Nov 12 @ 2pm

Fasitua Amosa & Beulah Koale at Assembly Roxy

Fasitua Amosa & Beulah Koale at Assembly Roxy

“laugh-out-loud funny” ~ The Public Reviews

“wonderfully poignant, extremely brave and often confronting” ~ Broadway Baby

“sharp, witty and heart-warming” ~ Theatreview

“told with sincerity and passion” ~ British Theatre Guide

“when it screams, it screams truth” ~ A Younger Theatre

“cracking comic timing” ~ WOW 24/7

“stunningly entertaining” ~ Black Diamond 107.8 FM

“loud and proud” ~ ScotsGay

“subverts the language of oppression” ~ Fest


“funny and heartfelt … fast and furious” ~ The Guardian

“hits you with considerable force, with moments of heartrending pathos” ~ The List

 And the critics also said:

“explosively funny” ~ Joyce MacMillan – The Scotsman

“inventive … swaggeringly acted comedy” ~ Mark Lawson – The Guardian


Black Faggot at Edinburgh Festival Fringe, July 31-Aug 25 2014. Starring Beulah Koale and Fasitua Amosa. Written by Victor Rodger. Directed by Roy Ward. Produced by Karin Williams. Part of the New Zealand at Edinburgh season supported by Creative New Zealand


Gay Samoans are coming to Edinburgh!

Black Faggot, the runaway hit of Auckland and Melbourne Fringe Festivals, makes its UK debut at Edinburgh Fringe Festival after sold-out seasons and rave reviews in New Zealand and Australia.

Black Faggot is award-winning Kiwi/Samoan playwright Victor Rodger’s response to the debate around New Zealand’s same-sex marriage bill, which became law in 2013. Victor watched a Destiny Church rally against gay marriage and thought, “one of those kids will be gay and feeling quite wretched about himself.”

The result is a series of hilarious and poignant monologues grappling with challenges faced by young, gay men in New Zealand’s immigrant Pacific Islands communities. A parade of colourful characters collide in raw, emotional and outrageous situations: the “undercover brother” desperate to prove he’s straight, an island mama whose beloved son turns out to be queer, a teenager trying to “pray the gay away”, and a tough Samoan homo who’s out, proud and in your face.

Winner of five awards at Auckland Fringe and two at Melbourne Fringe, Black Faggot is featured in the New Zealand season at Edinburgh 2014. Black Faggot is directed by Roy Ward and produced by Karin Williams.


Assembly Roxy

July 31 – Aug 25

17:30 – 18:30

Tickets: £12.50 – £10.50

Black Faggot at Melbourne Fringe



BLACK FAGGOT makes its international debut at Melbourne Fringe as the inaugural Tiki Tour Ready Award winner. The play was the runaway hit of Auckland Fringe, winning audience acclaim, critical praise and five awards including Best Theatre Production.

A series of hilarious and poignant monologues by Samoan-kiwi playwright Victor Rodger, Black Faggot is directed by Roy Ward, produced by Karin Williams and stars Iaheto Ah Hi (Sione’s Wedding) and Taofia Pelesasa (The Factory).

Black Faggot runs at Melbourne Fringe Sep 28-29 and Oct 1-5 at The Fringe Hub at North Melbourne Town Hall Rehearsal Room.

Beulah Koale in Black Faggot

Beulah Koale in Black Faggot

“Please God, make me straight,” prays Christian, a Samoan teen from South Auckland, after marching in a church rally against New Zealand’s marriage equality bill. Playwright Victor Rodger watched the protest unfold and created Black Faggot in response.

The theatrical premier at the Basement Theater was a sold-out hit of the Auckland Fringe Festival in February, winning five awards including a coveted slot in the Melbourne Fringe Festival this September and the Development Award, which will remount the show in Auckland later this year. The production will also travel to Wellington and Sydney.

Multinesia Productions won the Auckland Fringe Award for Best Production: Theater, the Tiki Tour Ready Award supported by Melbourne Fringe Festival and Creative New Zealand, the Development Award, and the Auckland Arts Festival Award. Actors Iaheto Ah Hi (Sione’s Wedding) and Beulah Koale (Shortland Street) were runners up for Best Performance.

Black Faggot was directed by Roy Ward and produced by Karin Williams. The production was funded by Auckland Council’s Arts Alive program and Creative New Zealand with support from Auckland Pride Festival.

Irene Bedard in American Indian Actors. Photo: Anthony Thosh Collins.

American Indian Actors screens at the 36th American Indian Film Festival in San Francisco. The film is a 2011 award nominee for “Best Industrial”.

The short film presents a spectrum of Native American performers including Irene Bedard, Atticus Todd, Kimberly Norris Guerrero and Zahn McClarnon, who share true stories from the front lines of the entertainment industry. Their experiences reveal American Indian actors to be vibrant, modern, complex, and funny.

American Indian Actors is an educational video commissioned by Screen Actors Guild President’s National Task Force for American Indians and funded by the SAG-Producers Industry Advancement and Cooperative Fund. The film was directed by Sterlin Harjo and produced by Karin Williams.

American Indian Actors
Thurs 10 Nov 7pm
Palace of Fine Arts
3301 Lyons Street
San Francisco CA

We Live by the River/Vivimos Junto al Rio screens at Cinema Planeta Festival Internationale de Cine y Medio Ambiente de Mexico in Cuernavaca, Mexico, March 11 – 19 2011.

The film is one of 15 selections from around the world in competition at the 3rd edition of the festival, including documentaries from Belgium, France, Canada, Italy and Brazil.

Director Karin Williams is honored to represent the We Live by the River in Cuernavaca.

We’re headed to historic Nevada City in California’s Gold Country for the Wild & Scenic Festival, the biggest and best environmental film festival in the nation.

Each year, the Wild & Scenic® Film Festival draws top filmmakers, celebrities, leading activists, social innovators and well-known world adventurers to the historic downtown of Nevada City, California.

Considered the largest film festival of its kind, this year’s films combine stellar filmmaking, beautiful cinematography and first-rate storytelling to inform, inspire and ignite solutions and possibilities to restore the earth and human communities while creating a positive future for the next generation.

We Live by the River
Wild & Scenic Film Festival
Nevada City CA
14-16 Jan 2011
Vets Hall, Sat afternoon
Vets Hall, Sun morning
Filmmaker Karin Williams in person.

We Live by the River screens at the Planet in Focus International Film & Video Festival in Toronto on Sat 16 October.

Planet in Focus is Canada’s largest and longest running environmental media arts film festival. The screening is co-presented with imagineNATIVE, celebrating works by Indigenous peoples on the forefront of innovation in film, video, radio, and new media.

The 2010 Festival runs October 13-17 across the City of Toronto, screening 100+ films about social justice, energy, health, water, food and species conservation.

We Live by the River
Planet in Focus: International Environmental Film & Video Festival
Saturday, October 16, 5:45pm
Al Green Theatre at Miles Nadal Jewish Community Centre
750 Spadina Ave., Toronto, ON

The Healing Journey on the Andreafsky River in Alaska

Multinesia is honored to be screening We Live by the River at the 2010 National Geographic All Roads Film Festival in Washington D.C. on October 3rd.

The National Geographic All Roads Film Project supports and showcases breakthrough film and photography from indigenous and underrepresented minority cultures around the globe.

This year’s program includes:

  • Samson & Delilah, Warwick Thornton’s acclaimed drama about love in an Australian aboriginal community; winner of the Camera d’Or at Cannes
  • Oscar nominee Taika Waititi’s Boy, a coming-of-age drama set in a rural Maori community in the 1980s; winner at Sundance and Berlin
  • Canadian director Neil Diamond’s  Reel Injun, deconstructing Hollywood stereotypes of Native Americans
  • Desert Flower, biography of supermodel turned human rights activist Waris Dirie
  • CBQM, portrait of a native radio station in the Arctic.

We Live by the River screens with three short films:

  • The Forgotten Place —An engaging set of visual images creates a metaphor for the cycle of life.
  • Tribal Journeys of the Pacific Northwest —An amazing annual gathering that honors the ancestral modes of travel and commerce culminates in powerful song and ceremony.
  • The Cave —A woman accidentally travels to a mystical, fantasy otherworld.

This year’s event features a special tribute to pioneering Maori filmmaker Merata Mita, a founding All Roads advisor, who passed away this year.

We Live by the River
National Geographic All Roads Film Festival
3:30 pm
Sat 3 Oct
1600 M Street, NW
Washington, D.C. 20036