Young Samoan Solo’s job is to translate for non-English speaking Samoans on trial before the New Zealand colonial Native Court in 1920s Western Samoa. Eyed suspiciously by his countrymen, Solo finds himself increasingly torn between his duty and his community. When Nua, an older woman chief, boldly refuses to play along with the colonial narrative of legitimate domination, Solo has to face up to his personal role in helping to bolster colonial rule. As the camera lingers on the faces of Liliu's protagonists, it captures pain and conflict, defiance and resilience.
New Zealand 2018
17’ · Colour
Vito Vito (Solo)Ana Tuisila (Nua)Peter Hayden (Judge Aitken)Tuiasau Uelese Petaia (Leota)
This freelance film and television director lives and works in Auckland, New Zealand. He began his career as a television camera operator and has produced, directed and filmed for broadcasters including TVNZ, TV3 and Maori TV as well as producing several videos for the New Zealand government. As a writer and director he made his feature film debut For My Father’s Kingdom.Filmography
2017 Maria; short film 2018 Liliu; short film 2019 For My Father's Kingdom
Bio- & filmography as of Berlinale 2019