Tamatoa is a coming of age short film based on a young Māori boy Toa who has Autism. The film follows Toa’s journey as he navigates the challenges of his condition and his internal perspective of the outside world.
Throughout the film Toa begins to find courage through the strength of his relationships with his grandmother Nana and his mother Lani. As tensions rise at Toa’s school, he is faced with a decision. Will he retaliate against his bullies or will he find another way to overcome the conflict?
Inspired by real relationships this film is dedicated to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their loved ones. We hope to inspire audiences to strive for a more inclusive, diverse, and understanding society.
Friday 25 September 2020
The Civic Theatre