“Kastom Kopiraet” zooms in on the backstage story of the tribal art trade in and out of Vanuatu, in the Southwest Pacific. The film starts with ritual performances undertaken in a context of contemporary cultural revival and tourism. During the tourism season, when some of the islands are invaded by Western yachties, we meet Johnson, a former police officer for the Gendarmerie Francaise during colonial days. He is the protagonist in the documentary film ‘Ambrym, l’île noire’ (1998), in which he presented himself as exotic ´native´. “Kastom Kopiraet” deals with the (de)construction of ‘authenticity’ in such exotic movies and follows the traces of copyright claims by islanders for the objects stolen from them a long time ago. Can we as filmmakers make a sincere, honest documentary about these complex issues and their entwinement with the West, in which there is no clearly demarcated ‘right’ or ‘wrong’?