Kelly Moneymaker



Bachelor of Creative Media Production

VAKA is a 20 min. documentary about the remote island community of Tokelau, a Pacific leader in action on climate change. The story reveals the inroads that Tokelau is making toward long-term solutions, as the community weaves together customary wisdom and collective resilience with scientific knowledge and modern technologies. Celebrating the Tokelauan people's dedication to preserving their islands, VAKA aims to inspire the world to follow their environmental leadership.

I had the honor of directing VAKA, named for the traditional vessels used by the island people of Tokelau. We shared some incredible experiences while making this film, including night fishing which features the vaka in action. A singer-songwriter since I was eleven, I've developed a passion for documentary filmmaking, indigenous storytelling, and sound design.
Block 1 Level D