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Welcome to MIPI: Moving Images of the Pacific Islands, a wiki repository for information about moving images of the Pacific Islands. We hope you will find this site informative. We continue to update the database as information about new films becomes available. Currently, we have data on more than 6,000 films. If you know of films not currently in the guide that should be included, please let us know. We appreciate your comments on any aspect of the wiki and welcome suggestions on what resources or features might further enhance MIPI's use.

Use the search functions at the left to search or browse for films by title, descriptive keywords, location, producer, director, distributor, or year of release. When using the search function, enter the key term in the search box and select from the films beginning with the term. Please note the final choice in every list is a link to results containing the search term.

About MIPI

The first guide to Pacific Islands films was produced at the center in 1986. The latest printed edition of the guide (Center for Pacific Islands Studies Occasional Paper 41) was produced in 1998 and can be purchased (please contact CPIS for ordering information). The guide contains information about each of the films listed, including the film’s distributor, if this is known. Descriptions of the films and videos are generally paraphrases or abridgments of distributors’ or festivals’ advertisements. Since 2015, MIPI has been part of the Digital Arts and Humanities Initiative at the University of Hawaiʻi.

About CPIS

The Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa has, among its objectives, the collection and dissemination of knowledge about cultures in Oceania. This database of over 3,600 entries is intended as a reference for those interested in films related to the Pacific Islands—that is, films produced about the Pacific Islands (Melanesia, Polynesia, and Micronesia) or Islanders or filmed in the Islands. In addition, it includes many films written by, directed by, produced by, or starring Pacific Islanders.

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Films by Release Year
2010s 2010-Present
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1900s 1910-1919 1920-1929 1930-1939 1940-1949 1950-1959 1960-1969 1970-1979 1980-1989 1990-1999
1800s 1890

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