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The Orator

1h 50m Drama 2011

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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.

“Tamasese finds eloquent voice with The Orator, a beautifully nuanced debut.” ~The Hollywood Reporter

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

Director

Tusi Tamasese

Writer

Tusi Tamasese

Composer

Tim Prebble

Cinematography

Leon Narbey

Editor

Simon Price

Production Designer

Robert Astley

Language

Samoan

Subtitles

English

Countries

New Zealand, Samoa

Studio

Blueskin Films

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