A Word to the Wise

Director: Jordi Esgleas Marroi
Country of Origin: Spain

This documentary introduces us to Douglas Lui Fo’oa, a husband and father from the Solomon Islands, one of the most remote places on Earth. He is our guide and as he shares his wisdom with us, we travel around some of the Islands’ amazing locations, slowly understanding the almost idyllic qualities of this archipelago and its people. Douglas tells us about the country’s origins, the role of cannibalism in tribal wars and the spiritual power of sharks and other animals. The respect for nature and the environment that his community promotes as a means to achieve happiness and a peaceful existence is a reminder of how complex issues can be so simply expressed. The result is a portrait of someone who seems to effortlessly understand the meaning of life.

Jordi Esgleas Marroi is a filmmaker, cinematographer and editor based in Barcelona, Spain. A Word to the Wise is his second documentary and was shot in the Solomon Islands in January 2015 and edited throughout 2016 and 2017.

Producer: Maria José Lemos
Producer: Jouk Inthesky
Producer: Wally Faleka
Writer: Jordi Esgleas Marroi