The Island in Me

Film Info
Type of Film/Event:Feature
Runtime (minutes):100
Original Language:English
Cast/Crew Info
Cast:Florence Ngatokorua "Johnny" Tiane Frisbie
Amelia Rachel Hokulea Borofsky
Charles Mataa Frisbie
Nancy Schildt
Dr. Rob Borofsky
The People of Pukapuka
Director:Gemma Cubero del Barrio
Executive Producer:Gemma Cubero del Barrio
Suzanne LaFetra Collier
Leanne K. Ferrer for Pacific Islanders in Communications
Producer(s):Gemma Cubero del Barrio
Pio Ravarua (associate producer)
Screenwriter:Gemma Cubero del Barrio
Cinematography:Vicente Franco
Ko Tinga
Gabrielle Fa'Aiuaso
Gemma Cubero del Barrio
Music By:Todd Sickafoose
Editor:Kyung Lee


THE ISLAND IN ME is an award winning documentary feature that takes the viewer to the Polynesian atoll of Pukapuka, a unique place never before captured in film. With only four hundred inhabitants and ten meters above sea level, the atoll has stories to tell.


The film follows two women who grew up here and return home after decades away to find the atoll, and themselves, forever changed. Amelia Hokulea Borofsky, the daughter of anthropologist Robert Borofsky who lived in Pukapuka in the mid 1970’s and Johnny Frisbie, a Cook Island legend in her own right. Her book Miss Ulysses of Puka-Puka written at age fifteen, was the first published literary work by a Pacific Islander author. Filmmaker Gemma Cubero del Barrio also weaves in her own intimate story.


THE ISLAND IN ME is a deeply moving, poetic, and reflective film on memory, loss, and the universal search for wholeness.

Additional Information

This Film Presented in Honor of