FILM

RETURN TO THE LAND

It has been 6 years since Floris Niu walked away from the stressful rat race in corporate New Zealand and returned a broken woman to her home in Tuanai, Samoa. Floris had spent the previous decade overcoming an avalanche of unfortunate events. While she survived cervical cancer and a near fatal car accident - losing custody of her only daughter was most devastating to her.

In her ancestral homeland she found purpose. Carrying on the work of her forebears, she started to revive her family plantation, returning to traditional and organic farming practices. Today she is an agri-tourism operator, an advocate for organic living and sustainable farming, a voice for female farmers in Samoa and a creator of pure cacao chocolate or as most Samoans will know as - Koko Samoa.

Executive producer: Liz Ah-Hi

Creative director, filmmaker & editor: Denisa Maňásková

Narration & story: Floris Niu

* This content has been developed with support funding from the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR)

MANIOKA & THE FORGOTTEN WILD FOODS OF SAMOA

This episode focuses on forgotten wild foods of Samoa, the loss of traditional knowledge associated with these foods and how they are prepared. Of particular concern is the increasing and careless use of pesticides and chemicals which are poisoning the food source. Make sure you watch it to the end.

Executive producer: Liz Ah-Hi

Creative director, filmmaker & editor: Denisa Maňásková

Narration & story: Floris Niu 

* This content has been developed with support funding from the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR)

KOKO SAMOA ~ CREATING NEW TRADITIONS

Koko Samoa is a Samoan traditional drink ~ hot chocolate - and another journey for Ms Sunshine Farms and her life with Cacao. It was a pleasure to not just film the story but to be a part of it, living the life of a cacao farmer, working on the plantation, learning and experiencing. Watch this film to learn about cacao, an ancient and aholesome food, medicine, and wondrous life source.

Executive producer: Liz Ah-Hi

Creative director, filmmaker & editor: Denisa Maňásková

Narration & story: Floris Niu

* This content has been developed with support funding from the Australian Centre for International Agriculture Research (ACIAR)

DANCE BATTLE IN THE HEART OF PACIFIC

Witness passion and pure joy in motion. While teaching school children English in the middle of the Pacific Ocean is special, taking part in a dance battle with all the pupils and their teachers is an experience I will remember to the end of my life.

THROUGH THE LAND OF A LONG WHITE CLOUD

PROCESSING CACAO ~ FROM POD TO SUNSHINE

Have you ever wondered what you need to do before you can make chocolate and what the whole process looks like? Living on a Cacao - Koko farm in Samoa, I have learnt how to process the cacao beans in the traditional way of fermentation. From harvesting, to fermentation (which gives the beans their flavour), to cleaning and drying in the sun.

HOMEMADE COCONUT CREAM

How is coconut cream made in the islands of the South Pacific? Stranded in Samoa during a pandemic for more than half a year has been a "dream come true" and one we (my partner and I) never wished for but happened anyway. Involved the whole time in agriculture, living and volunteering on an organic farm, has brought us in to a new chapter in our lives: "How we became Samoan farmers and started to live off the land on an island."

THE SECRET OF MAKING HOMEMADE CHOCOLATE

The whole kitchen is rich with the aroma of chocolate. Birds sing outside and palm trees sway in the wind. There is just me, a box full of cocoa beans and one grinder.