Filmed pre-Cyclone Pam on the island of Tanna in Vanuatu, this stunningly photographed film tells the star-crossed story of Wawa, a young woman who has fallen in love with her chiefs dashing grandson, Dain. When an inter-tribal war breaks out with a neighbouring community, the young lovers are forced to choose between their own happiness and the common good. Mythic in its simplicity, the film is based on a true story that took place in 1985 and carried significant ramifications for the evolution of tribal society. Working closely with the indigenous community, acclaimed Australian filmmakers Martin Butler and Bentley Dean have expanded on their previous documentary work to produce a ravishing cinematic expression of traditional culture. Dean and Butler spent seven months living with the Yakel, a tribe whose customs and lifestyle have changed little for centuries. During this time the filmmakers were told of a great love story from the recent past. The result was a screenplay written in close collaboration with the Yakel and performed predominantly by its members& Very much about female experiences and rites of passage in a society whose foundations are shifting, the picture surrounds [its heroine] Wawas daring actions with enriching observations by her mother and grandmother& Performed with conviction by actors whod never seen a film or a movie camera before, the picture is a stirring tribute to the power of love and will likely prompt many viewers to shed tears of sadness and tears of joy.  Richard Kuipers, Variety

Year: 2015
Genre: Drama, Drama Romance, Australian Film, True Stories, Film Festivals 2016
Country: Australia, Vanuatu
Director: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler
Starring: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit, Chief Charlie Kahla
Duration: 104 Minutes
Rating: M - Violence
Subtitles: Yes
Location in store: Australian Film



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