Disney’s “Moana”

One of Disney’s many new projects, Moana, is set for release in 2016.  The film takes place 2,000 years ago in the ancient Polynesian region, where Moana Waialiki, daughter of the chief, goes on a journey with an accompanying demigod (Dwayne Johnson) to fulfill her “ancestor’s quest” to find a legendary land.  Given Disney’s history of stereotypically misrepresenting foreign cultures (a.k.a. Arab culture in Aladdin, Native American culture in Pocahontas, etc…), critics are questioning how authentic Disney’s representation of South Asian culture will be in Moana.  Keep in mind, it might be hard to discern whether the representation is even accurate or not since it takes place in an ancient setting we have little familiarity with… However, apparently Taika Waititi, a native New Zealand screenwriter, is in charge of the movie’s script, so we can probably bet on a pretty true portrayal of the Polynesian culture.  It’s so cool to see Disney expanding its cultural plotlines.



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