Humans of the Islands - Are Raimbault
Young Tahitian Filmmaker
Tahitian / European
My name is Are Raimbault, I'm 26 years old and my ethnicity is half Tahitian half European but I was born and raised in Tahiti. I grew up between the districts of Punaauia, Mataiea and Teahupoo, in the middle of Polynesian culture.
What is your biggest driving passion?
I would say that my biggest driving passions are the ability and the beauty to create absolutely anything I want (including myself). I'm also driven by the desire to make people escape their daily lives with art, share messages with them and If I can inspire them it's even better. In terms of possibilities, I believe that the sky is the limit if you're willing to work for it.
What do you do?
I'm a director and artist. My main medias are film, photography, writing and sometimes illustration.
What excites you about Pūtahi and what does it offer the Pacific audience that they may not have seen before?
I think that Pūtahi Kotahitanga is an exciting documentary for many reasons. First it dives into the worlds and creative process' of a dozen artists from all over the Pacific: They open up to the camera and really express what's inside of them (their inspirations, doubts and feelings). Something that I think has rarely been seen on film. Second, a cool thing about this documentary is that it shows native people actually working hard at making contemporary art and forming a circulation of artists in our region. Like many aspect of any societies, this is one that should be developed in order for us to shine on a global level. So I believe that the Pacific audience will find it interesting, especially for the people who want to learn more about artmaking. I was also told that the movie feels like an artwork on its own !
Whats unique about our Pacific storytelling?
I feel that our Pacific storytelling is organic and looks like us. While all of our countries have different background stories, we still have very similar philosophies and ways of seeing things. If I take the FIFO festival for example, I noticed that in 14 years not only have polynesian directors emerged in Oceania but a whole new way of looking and defining ourselves as people from the Pacific as well. We went from nothing to something and we're improving each year ! It's very pleasant to witness.
Pūtahi Kotahitanga will be coming to The Coconet soon..