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Tahiti Guesthouses

French Polynesia has about a hundred guesthouses spread over its five archipelagos, accessible by the local airline Air Tahiti.

They embody an authentic type of accommodation that allows the visitor to be in direct contact with Polynesian families, to share their daily life and their art of living.

The experience is worth the detour, from Tahiti to Moorea, Bora Bora in the Raromatai islands, and also in the archipelagos of the Austral, Tuamotu and Marquesas Islands to discover Tahiti and its islands in a different way, far from the big hotels and the beaten track. This dream is now more affordable since the opening to competition of the international air market which allows to buy tickets to paradise at sometimes half the price of the previous ones.

Each archipelago has its particularities as each pension has its own personality.

After the mythical pearl of the Pacific, Bora Bora, head south towards Rurutu, in the Austral archipelago, before heading to the Tuamotu to discover the idyllic landscapes of the atolls.

The journey ends at sea aboard the Aranui, a mixed cargo ship serving all the Marquesas Islands. A unique concept that allows the passengers to meet the population as close as possible thanks to the maritime services in the remote valleys.

This documentary offers a themed trip through the boarding houses which gives an original discovery of French Polynesia.
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Duration: 52′

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Author: Karim Mahdjouba

Filmmaker: Karim Mahdjouba

Voice-over: Stéphanie McKenna

Reporting : Nicolas Perez

Drone : Tahiti Fly Shot

Recording studio : Jean-Luc Casula

Producer: KMH Media Production

Year: 2020

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The children of the coral

Since 2017, members of Coral Gardeners association in Moorea, French Polynesia, have been mobilizing to replant coral in the seabed of their island, neighboring Tahiti. This initiative led by Titouan Bernicot, 21 years old, now brings together volunteers aged from 14 to 25 years. This mobilization is the result of an observation: the bleaching of corals due to global warming and the endangerment of these living organisms necessary for marine biodiversity. This documentary devoted to the Coral Gardeners association of Moorea, aims to highlight their actions: from the collection of corals broken by human or natural phenomena, to the fixing of these corals on bamboo stems in a nursery underwater, right up to the final cuttings on coral heads, through awareness-raising actions with the population and young people in particular, in French Polynesia or in France, but also through days intended for the general public, and their sponsorship action “Adopt a coral”.

This documentary is at the same time a plea for the protection of the environment, the fight against global warming, but also the highlighting of this youth who is mobilized across the world to save the planet from an ecological disaster, as the students climate protests in several countries since 2018, as the ones led by young Swedish Greta Thunberg. This documentary is supported by scientific testimony with a specialist from the Moorea Criobe Coral and a metropolitan oceanographer who joined the movement.

Photo credit and poster : Tim McKenna

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Author: Karim Mahdjouba

Filmmaker: Karim Mahdjouba

Photography director: Tim McKenna

Music: Stéphane Rossoni

Voice-over: Françoise Cadol

Producer: KMH Media Production

Sole Distributor: Artédis-Panocéanic

Year: 2020

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It’s On II

With a first success but also due to a 2019 season which gave birth to exceptional waves, KMH MEDIA PRODUCTION created It’s on II.

With aerial views, from the surf judges’ tower and the boats in the lagoon, as well as underwater… It’s on II offers wonderful images, but above all even more impressive, in the heart of the mythical wave of Teahupo’o, at the height of its power. This new opus highlights local surfers who share their extraordinary experiences. Injuries, broken boards, scares … passion prevails over reason.

With this record year, many surf spots have also emerged from oblivion and we are traveling all over Tahiti to rediscover these sleepy sites.

“It’s on !” This is what surfers say when the waves are there and the conditions perfect for going surfing.

2019 was a very great year for Polynesian surfing. “It’s on” has often been heard all over the island, but especially on the Tahiti Iti peninsula, on the wave of Teahupo’o, an unmissable spot.

This second opus is presented by Tini Chaulet.

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Duration: 74’

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Author: Karim Mahdjouba

Directors: Karim Mahdjouba, Heiarii Billard, Manea Fabisch

Producer: KMH Media Production

Distributors: Ananda Media, KMH Media Production

Year: 2020

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It’s ON

We call it the season. And they wait for it every year, from May.

They are surfers, bodyboarders, photographers. They are Tahitians, and for them its coming is the time to show their ability, their talent and their commitment in extreme wave conditions. To shine around the world too. It’s named the season. The southwest season.

This documentary traces the best surfing and bodyboarding moments of 2018 on the island of Tahiti. Local riders explain how they organize their lives according to swells, tubes and falls. And tell about their best sessions of the year. Get ready, It’s on !

This first opus was selected at the Skate & Surf Film Festival in Milan.

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Duration: 26’

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Author: Karim Mahdjouba

Director: Karim Mahdjouba

Producer: KMH Media Production

Distributors: Ananda Media, KMH Media Production

Year: 2019

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Michel Bourez, from the roots of surf to the top of the world

In 2018, Michel Bourez started his tenth season on the world surf tour. The documentary Michel Bourez, from the roots of surf to the top of the world, retraces his exemplary and exceptional path. From his birth on the island of Rurutu, in the Austral archipelago, passing through his first waves in Mataiea, on the west coast of the island of Tahiti, this film highlights a life entirely devoted to surfing at most high level. An example of success.

 

Through exclusive interviews, enriched with original documents relating to his childhood, we learn why the Tahitian Michel Bourez is nicknamed the Spartan, how he reached the World Tour in record time, how he manages his family life while spending eight months per year outside French Polynesia and how he returned to its best level after a serious accident at Teahupo’o in 2015.

 

Produced in partnership with the World Surf League, with the support of Air Tahiti Nui, this documentary which required a year and a half of work, includes original and exceptional sequences.

 

Karim Mahdjouba, director of the film, followed Michel Bourez on surf trips to the islands, but also during stages of the World Surf Tour, from Fiji to France, via Teahupo’o and Hawaii where he won, in 2016, one of the most coveted titles on the surfing planet, the Pipe Master.

 

After his victories in Australia and Brazil, this victory in Hawaii confirms that the goal of the Spartan is achievable: one day become world champion of surfing.

This film is part of the official selection of Fifo 2018, in Out of Competition category. He was also selected at the Anglet Surf Film Festival and the Portuguese Surf Film Festival

Photo credit and poster : Ben Thouard

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Duration: 52’

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Author: Karim Mahdjouba

Director: Karim Mahdjouba

Voice-over: Hinatea Boosie

Producer: KMH Media Production

Distributors: Ananda Media, KMH Media Production

Year: 2018