I’m planning on watching Daughters of the Pacific and Fear Factor
Maori Television is screening a documentary called Daughters of the Pacific tonight at 8.30pm. It’s the story of four young New Zealand-born Pacific women whose parents came from villages in Tonga, Niue and Samoa, and their struggles to find a place and identity in New Zealand.
The women featured are Emeline, a 30-year-old Tongan woman who has three university degrees and runs a South Auckland business that helps young Pacific kids who have gone off the rails get back on track; Pule, a 32-year-old Samoan woman who lives in West Auckland with her husband and five kids and is not afraid to speak out against aspects of her culture she doesn’t agree with; Lanni, a young Niuean mother of two toddlers, who lives with her partner and works at night at a bank, so she can be with her children during the day; and Louise, a 26-year-old Samoan playwright, who lives a life most far removed from her cultural background than any of the other women featured, and is more fluent in Italian than Samoan. This sounds like it will be a fascinating documentary.
A new series of the ultimate gross-out show, Fear Factor, begins on TV2 tonight at 7.30pm, with back-to-back episodes. On the first episode, teams of family members must ride on the grill of a speeding concrete truck, eat scorpions and hang from a helicopter as it flies over a fiery explosion.
The second episode (from 8.30pm), was banned in many countries around the world, but it’s screening here! Contestants must decide whether they’ll ‘swallow their pride’ for $50,000. Apparently it’s a very shocking episode, which is why it was banned in so many countries. I’m intrigued.