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Aro Favourite Orator, The

 

aka: O le tulafale
Samoa / New Zealand 2011, 110 minutes
Dir. Tusi Tamasese
In Samoan with English subtitles
Rating: [M]
Genres: Drama

 

“A powerful and impressive achievement.”~Peter Calder , NZ Herald

Aroview: In this superlative Polynesian drama – the first Samoan language feature film – tradition and modernity collide on the island of Upolu, where a dwarf Taro farmer struggles to defend his unconventional existence with his banished wife and step-daughter.

Beautifully filmed by Leon Narbey, this is a village fable told at 'island' pace, but is especially gratifying as a drama that weaves specific Samoan customs and honour traditions to convey the impact that the reverence for the ancestral dead has on the living. Holding a special place for New Zealanders in our better understanding of our Samoan neighbours, this is an important and thoroughly rewarding film.

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Features "Va Tapuia", a short film by dir. Tusi Tamasese.

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