“Vahine” means woman in Polynesian. But the word, associated to a myth forged by foreigners, has become almost embarrassing to use in Tahiti. Even though Polynesian women are indeed beautiful, and welcoming, they are more into substance than looks.
This film will have you meet some of these women: dancer, writer, herbalist or politician. All of them play a key role in the smooth running of the Polynesian society and especially the preservation of its traditions and the integrity of its language and cultural identity.
BORN POLYNESIANS demonstrates that “vahines” are much more than a beautiful cliché.