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Homecoming Crew: Update from Pukapuka by Gemma Cubero del Barrio

Posted on September 04, 2015

by Gemma Cubero del Barrio


The documentary Homecoming: A film about Pukapuka is in full production thanks to the support we received from Pacific Islanders in Communications, a successful Kickstarter campaign and generous private foundations. The team, lead by director/producer Gemma Cubero del Barrio, took a five-day cargo boat ride to make it to the rarely visited atoll of Pukapuka. The team includes Vicente Franco, cinematographer, Ray Day, sound recordist, and Gabby Fa’aiuaso, photographer. Travelling with minimal equipment, the team spent six weeks in the Cook Islands with the last three weeks in Pukapuka capturing singing, sports, climate change, taro patches, fishing, and the homecoming of Johnny Frisbie and Amelia Borofsky, who both grew up on this unique atoll. The crew and characters have been warmly welcomed with numerous feasts, a special traditional sports day, and even a song called “Homecoming” composed specifically for the documentary. The team could not ask for more except for more time to spend in this magical place of Pukapuka. 

Below are some behind the scenes photos of Johnny and Amelia, Papa Charlie, and the beautiful Pukapukan community. The house in the bottom photo is Amelia's home from childhood that she has rebuilt.


Producer Gemma Cubero del Barrio and crew for the PIC-funded documentary Homecoming are currently in Pukapuka, Cook Islands and successfully sent an update with accompanying photos despite a very slow internet connection! For more information follow Homecoming on Facebook and Kickstarter.

Categories: In Production, Producers' Post