Liliu (Samoan)

Liliu (Samoan)

  • 2018 -
  • Bingo Captioned Charter Docos Under The Skin Documentary Drama For My Fathers Kingdom Fukry Huahua Impact Kia Manawanui Long Time No Sea MFF2020 MRFF NATIVE Slam V Nga Matauranga Nga Putake Nga Raurekau Patutiki Sembradoras de Vida Short Documentary Short Drama Shorts Wairua Shorts Whakapapa Whanau Whenua
  • - 17 m

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. To make matters worse, Nua’s stranded grandchildren turn up, but forced at gunpoint Nua sends them away. Challenged by Nua, the Judge explodes, declaring them savages, and inferior to whites. Solo finally 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, but knowing her children are still alone. 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”. Once outside, Nua’s grandchildren reveal themselves from the bushes. Solo takes them in his arms, looks back at Nua, although tied up – in her heart she’s free.

Screening Information
Whakapapa Shorts

12:30 PM
Sunday 27 September 2020
Māoriland Hub

  • Language English, Samoan
  • Subtitle English
  • Indigenous Nation Samoa
  • Country New Zealand
  • Director Jeremiah Tauamiti
  • Awards "Best script_ Ministry of Culture Guatemala Nominee ImagineNATIVE. 2019 Nominee ImagineNATIVE. 2019 Nominee Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival 2019 Nominee Rio de Janeiro Short Film Festival 2019"