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By Justine SIMEI BARTON

NEW HOLLAND PICTURES TWO PTY LTD - as PROD

Drama - Development 2012

Fired up by the beats of gangsta rap and haunted by a spiritual encounter, a rebellious teenager rejects the traditions of his village until the love of a Samoan princess leads to deeper understanding of his cultural heritage.

    • Year of production
    • 2012
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • NEW ZEALAND
    • Languages
    • Other
    • Budget
    • 1 - 3 M$
    • Duration
    • 100 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Justine SIMEI BARTON
    • Writer(s)
    • Paul SIMEI BARTON, Justine SIMEI BARTON
    • Producer(s)
    • Mark OVERETT, Emma SLADE
    • Synopsis
    • TAMA (19) has lost all respect for the traditions that sustain his Samoan community and passionately identifies with the aggressive beats of American gangsta rap. His attitude leads to a brutal beating from his father and TAMA leaves his home village after a haunting encounter with the spirit of his half-brother who hung himself years earlier. In Samoa’s main city of Apia TAMA teams up with PILI (19) - a beautiful young choir girl named who is intrigued by Tama’s rebellious attitude. They perform together at a church social and plan to break into the local hip-hop scene but their dreams are obstructed Pili’s over-protective cousin SAMASONI. With help from Pili’s fa’afafine Aunty, they secretly record a single that is a weird fusion of hip-hop and traditional Samoan beats. The song is a run-away hit but PILI’S FATHER is bitterly opposed to his daughter’s relationship with TAMA and he subjects PILI to the traditional punishment of having her head shaved. TAMA and PILI escape to remote plantation where the spirit who has been haunting TAMA attempts to claim him. PILI uses her knowledge of traditional Samoan healing to free TAMA from the influence of the spirit. Pili’s cousin SAMASONI violently attacks TAMA and is accidentally killed. TAMA is forced to flee to the sanctuary of his own village where his Grandmother persuades him to seek forgiveness by submitting a gruelling physical ordeal of the ifoga – the traditional Samoan ritual of apology and reconciliation.
    • Partners & financing
    • Seeking Presales
    • Beginning of shooting
    • Apr 01, 2012
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