The Land Has Eyes gets Oscar nod

In Honolulu, “Vilsoni Hereniko”: is a well-known academic who is known for combining his cultural heritage with his academic and creative work. His film “The Land Has Eyes”: is set on (and in) Rotuma, a Polynesian outlier that is part of Fiji (for more on Routma check out Alan Howard’s “Rotuma website”: which contains literally EVERYTHING about Rotuma including, if I remember correctly, minutes of the local school board). Now NPR reports that The Land Has Eyes is the “first Fijian film to be in the running for an Oscar”: Congratulations to Vili and everyone associated with this film on a job well done and to the recognition that this film richly deserves.


Alex Golub is an associate professor of anthropology at the University of Hawai‘i at Mānoa. His book Leviathans at The Gold Mine has been published by Duke University Press. You can contact him at

2 thoughts on “The Land Has Eyes gets Oscar nod

  1. Does anyone know where I can find a DVD of “The Land Has Eyes”? I have Rotuman inlaws, and would like to give a copy.

  2. Thank you so much for your interest in THE LAND HAS EYES.
    We are going to make the DVD’s available starting May 1, 2006.
    By the end of March there will be an order form on our website,

    In addition to the 87 minute narrative drama, the DVD will have additional features including a running commentary by the director Vilsoni Hereniko, a short documentary on indigenous justice in Rotuma and a slide show from “behind the scenes” during the making of THE LAND HAS EYES.

    You may be interested to know that Alan Howard’s article on the making of THE LAND HAS EYES will appear in the April issue of Visual Anthropology Review.

    With appreciation for all your important support,
    Jeannette Paulson Hereniko
    Producer, THE LAND HAS EYES

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