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Kava: The Drink of the Gods (review)

Kava: The Drink of the Gods (review) media reviews Kava: The Drink of the Gods, 90 minutes, vhs-pal, color, 1998. Research, photography, and editing, Thorolf Lipp; producers, Asesela Ravuvu, William C Clarke, and Bob Maclay; produced by the Institute of Pacific Studies and the Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Suva; distributor, Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, PO Box 1168, Suva, Fiji; us$20 plus postage. The video cover is not wrong. This film provides a wonderful "journey through Oceania with its stunning cultural and natural beauty and richness," consistently taking advantage of the compelling visual attractiveness of the region. A few quibbles might arise: some "live" shots are a little stilted, having been acted for the camera, and the pronunciation of some Pacific words in the narration is a little anglo, but these are minor distractions. The images, color, and sound quality cannot be faulted, and overall the video is a superb technical production. The subject matter also holds enormous intrinsic interest for students of the Pacific. This interest has been fueled by definitive publications like Kava: The Pacific Elixir (Lebot, Mer- the contemporary pacific · fall 2000 video is perhaps a little lengthy for many potential viewing contexts, but http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png The Contemporary Pacific University of Hawai'I Press

Kava: The Drink of the Gods (review)

The Contemporary Pacific , Volume 12 (2) – Jul 1, 2000

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media reviews Kava: The Drink of the Gods, 90 minutes, vhs-pal, color, 1998. Research, photography, and editing, Thorolf Lipp; producers, Asesela Ravuvu, William C Clarke, and Bob Maclay; produced by the Institute of Pacific Studies and the Media Centre, University of the South Pacific, Suva; distributor, Institute of Pacific Studies, University of the South Pacific, PO Box 1168, Suva, Fiji; us$20 plus postage. The video cover is not wrong. This film provides a wonderful "journey through Oceania with its stunning cultural and natural beauty and richness," consistently taking advantage of the compelling visual attractiveness of the region. A few quibbles might arise: some "live" shots are a little stilted, having been acted for the camera, and the pronunciation of some Pacific words in the narration is a little anglo, but these are minor distractions. The images, color, and sound quality cannot be faulted, and overall the video is a superb technical production. The subject matter also holds enormous intrinsic interest for students of the Pacific. This interest has been fueled by definitive publications like Kava: The Pacific Elixir (Lebot, Mer- the contemporary pacific · fall 2000 video is perhaps a little lengthy for many potential viewing contexts, but

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The Contemporary PacificUniversity of Hawai'I Press

Published: Jul 1, 2000

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