HOLLYWOOD HULA ::: Pacific Islander Film Hui

Tonga at All Roads

Posted in Festivals, Film, People by hollywoodhula on November 14, 2007

SCENES FROM THE OLD PLANTATION

Stuck in the taro patch again with tinned fish for lunch when all you want is corned beef

Director Paul Stoll (Tongan) serves up scenes of Tongan life in his short feature Tavake, featured in National Geographic’s All Roads Film Festival at Los Angeles, Washington and Santa Fe, Nov-Dec 2007. Paul and partner Sarah Del Seronde (Dine) shot on location in the kingdom with non-professional actors for his first narrative film.

Also screening at All Roads is Tearepa Kahi’s spectacular short feature Taua. Maori warriors and slaves drag a giant waka taua (war canoe) over a mountain in a sort of South Pacific Fitzcarraldo. Both films also screened at Hawai’i International Film Festival.

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