Back in the Water House

directed by Pauline Adalid

Documentary Short | 2018 | New Zealand | 14 min | Vietnamese, English


A story about motherhood, Back in the Water House follows mother-daughter artists Sulieti Fieme’a Burrows and Tui Emma Gillies as their relationship is further strengthened by tapa - a Tongan traditional cloth made from the inner bark of a mulberry tree.


Pauline Adalid is a first-time filmmaker born in Cuyo Island, Palawan, Philippines. She started doing photography and video as a hobby but found greater interest in it when she got involved in film and photography organisations in her University. After finishing a degree in Public Administration at the University of the Philippines last 2016, she decided to pursue a career track that would best suit her goals and interests. Later, she moved to study in New Zealand at South Seas Film and Television School, specialising in Documentary Directing, to learn more about the craft of documentary filmmaking. While at film school, she directed and produced short documentaries of varying length (including Back in the Water House) and worked with diverse crew. She hopes to broaden her experience in the field of documentary through actively participating and working in the media and film industry.


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