Land Has Eyes on DVD

I wouldn’t normally stoop to peddling anything but myself on SM, but I thought I should mention that “Vilsoni Hereniko’s”: award-winning film “The Land Has Eyes”: is “now available”: for schools and libraries on a DVD. I’ve “mentioned the movie before”: and encourage everyone to see it if they are interested not just in Pacific films, but in good films regardless of where they come from. It is an especially good teaching aid because “free teaching guides”: which incudes many free articles about Rotuma. Hereniko also has an truly excellent essay entitled “Indigenous Knowledge and Academic Imperialism”: which is available for free download as well. I really like this article and I teach it all the time. Of course I live in the Pacific and share a university with Hereniko, but I think the article is useful for people outside of the Pacific — it is insightful in a lot of ways, and there are also lots of things for students to disagree with in the paper. Yet it’s written in such a way that the disagreements are remarkably fruitful, and in general I find it to have a sort of depth in discussion that just reading it doesn’t necessarily reveal. At any rate if you are looking for a film about Pacific islanders that is not Once We Were Warriors or Whale Rider then I’d encourage you to check out The Land Has Eyes.


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