06-24 November 2019



Pacific Showcase
Jeremiah Tauamiti

New Zealand, Samoa

2018 / 17’ / Hawaii Premiere / English

Short film


Solo, a young Samoan interpreter for a Native Court in Colonial, New Zealand Samoa, does what he thinks is best for his people and at times lies as he translates. However, High Chief Nua, who's charged with trespass, understands and speaks English. What follows is a tirade of verbal punches between Solo, Nua, and an old Judge hell-bent on Colonial rule. Nua's stranded grandchildren turn up, but forced at gunpoint Nua sends them away. Solo accepts he is simply a pawn. Taking a stand now, Solo joins Nua having, "Never trespassed on our own land”. Nua pleads not guilty to the charge of trespass, merely attempting to bury her husband on their land as is tradition. Seething, the Judge orders Nua to be thrown out like a dog. Disgusted, Solo leaves with a final word in Samoan, "If you're given a necklace of authority, wear it responsibly or it withers away". Nua's grandchildren reveal themselves from the bushes. Solo takes them in his arms, looks back at Nua, tied up but her heart is free

Monday 11 20:00 - 22:17Regal Dole Cannery 18
Tuesday 12 15:00 - 17:17Regal Dole Cannery 14
DirectorJeremiah Tauamiti.
CastVito Vito, Ana Tuisila, Peter Hayden and Tuiasau Uelese Petaia.
ScreenplayJeremiah Tauamiti.
CinematographerTim Flower.
Production designerVea Mafile'o.
EditorPeter Roberts.
MusicOpeloge Ah Sam.
SoundShamir Rodriguez.
PrizeWairoa Film Festival - Best Pasifika Director Narrative Short

Producer....Ngaire Fuata

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