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MASS MOVEMENT Documentary Short Film

Latai Taumoepeau

Presented in Season 3 2021

Commissioned by Arts House for Refuge 2021
Presented by Arts House

Duration: 10 minutes

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MASS MOVEMENT contemplates the reality of forced relocation of Pacific people from their submerging island nations. Following the coordinates of saltwater, freshwater and civic water MASS MOVEMENT attempts to understand and prepare for the complexities around environmental displacement.

This documentary short takes an in-depth look at MASS MOVEMENT with insights from lead Artist Latai Taumoepeau and the broad range of SES emergency experts, artists and community members who took part in this two year project from 2018-2021.


Video edited by Warren Dowley
Video footage by Warren Dowley and Rey Tan


Supported by – Commissioned by Arts House for Refuge 2021 and supported by Besen Foundation, Hobsons Bay Creative City and Williamstown Swimming & Life Saving Club. Arts House is a key program of the City of Melbourne, and supported by the Australia Council for the Arts.

Image – MASS MOVEMENT Folau: The Departure, drone video still, Rey Tan

Image Description – A birds-eye view of a wetlands landscape in the foreground juxtaposed with an industrial refinery in the background. There is a group of people walking single file on a pathway which runs through the middle of the river. There are several birds swimming and flying around the water and an abundant amount of grasslands along the edge of the river bank.


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