The Australian High Commission joined representatives of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), the Seventh-Day Adventist (SDA) Church and Local Bread Media Production to launch a new Vanuatu film, Nogat Taem, on 20 July at Seafront Stage.
The film portrays the challenges of day-to-day life in Vanuatu, told through the story of one family. Rose, a mother of three with poor finances and an emotionally absent husband, struggles to keep her children in school. She turns to friends and her church to seek guidance on how to keep her family together. The film tackles common social issues, such as teenage pregnancy, parenting and domestic violence. Nogat Taem was commissioned by ADRA and funded by the Australian Government through the Vanuatu Church Partnership Program, a program designed to improve good governance and service delivery at national and local levels. The film was written by Graham Uzakana and Marie Kenney of Local Bread Media Production. Local Bread Media Production is known for the films it entered in the 2013 and 2014 Namatan Short Film Festival, run by the Australian High Commission and Vanuatu Broadcasting and Television Corporation with sponsorship by Air Vanuatu. Romantic comedy Local Bread was a big hit with audiences in 2013 and the inspirational flick The Runner impressed in 2014. Copies of Nogat Taem are on sale now at the ADRA Head Office in Port Vila.