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This track by rap collective SWIDT is a potent stream of spoken word poetry set to a jazz beat, and inspired by everyday and state racism including the infamous Dawn Raids. The AMA and Pacific Music Award winning video opens with a Pasifika family eating together. Staring down the camera, actor Chris Alosio dissects the racial slur 'bunga', skewering the history of negative stereotyping of Pasifika people in Aotearoa. The visuals change when the police arrive; Alosio emerges from his home wearing Polynesian Panther black. Anahera Parata's clip was shot in the "only Tongan owned home" on a middle class Herne Bay street.

I feel like it's such a sensitive topic, it should be confronting. It should challenge people, their perspectives, their ideologies. It should feel like it's one-on-one when you listen to it. Like someone is talking directly to you.
– MC SPYCC (Daniel Latu) on addressing issues upfront in 'Bunga', Newshub, 27 October 2019

Key Cast & Crew

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Chris Alosio

As: Young Pasifika Man

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Bevan Crothers

Cinematographer

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Anahera Parata

Director