Domestic Violence is an ever present topic in families around the world. The South Pacific Islands have one of the highest rates and women, children, animals and men are constantly exposed to it.

These scenes were recorded on Vanua Lava as we hiked across the island and my thoughts kept coming back to the violence behind closed doors. So this is a visual expression of the topic on a small, far away island in the Pacific.

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music by nicolas jaar: shame
film and edit by ramin krause
for voiiage.org

All the strength to anybody who has to endure this tormenting situation.

It’s like I wake up from a long and vivid dream. There is another dimension to this. Thoughts materialise.

I start to understand.

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A DREAM ◊ XVI

5 weeks I spent on an island called GAUA. A wild, strong, spiritual island. It became home. This is a DREAM.

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MEAT ◊ XIV

On a sunny morning the community of Bravet kill a big, white cow to sell the meat. Very colourful meat.

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JOY ◊ XII

On the first day of the new year I find myself sitting on a beautiful dead tree in front of a 120m high waterfall that celebrates a new beginning with me. I feel. I understand.

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Watermusic ◊ X

Endlessly they play the water with their hands, they slap and hit, they play and laugh. All day, in the shadow of the big trees, in the river or the ocean or where the two meat.

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Admiration ◊ IX

Over centuries the idea of a white supremacy has been enforced and manifested through colonialism in the now so called “developing countries”. But these global roles are ancient and wrong. Ideas about people that deserve real admiration for a forgotten strength.

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Uncontrolled Anger ◊ VII

Violence, the raw physical force intended to hurt or kill a person or an animal is committed daily, endless times around the world. The cycle of hurt and anger spins and spins. But why do we hurt others? And how can we stop it from spinning?

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AVER ◊ Christmas Songs ◊ VI

My head is full of streams of thoughts about the disappearing island life and cultural genocides. I slowly fade into a deep, dreamful sleep. Responsibility and powerlessness fight their endless game.

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Black Magic ◊ V

After having spent Christmas morning in the Anglican Church of Aver my thoughts are circling around the churches influence on the people here. Somehow I can only see the negative side and it leaves a lingering sadness on my tongue that doesn’t want to vanish. Part two.

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The Christmas Charols of Namasari ◊ IV

Every year around Christmas time the church choirs tour along the main road of the north-east side of Gaua Island. They sing songs in Bislama and the local language about Baby Jesus and god, old english church songs adapted for the islands.

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Baby Jesus ◊ III

Since centuries christian missionaries are traveling to the most rural places in the world to convert heathens into tamely believers. What legacy do 500 years of proselytisation leave behind? A two-part experience on a small island in the South Pacific. Part One.

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Pig Joys (Poem) ◊ II

Pigs traditionally have an important role in Vanuatu’s kastom system. They are one of the few animals that have not been imported by the Europeans. A poem for these wonderful animals.

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full moon christmas ◊ I

Every night the people of Vanuatu indulge in a ritual, they give themselves into the hands of a numbing root that grows up in the mountainous regions. Silently they drink the grey juice and connect with the sprits of the bush, their ancestors.

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