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NATIVe - Indigenous Cinema

Liliu

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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.

by
Jeremiah Tauamiti

New Zealand 2018

English, Samoan

17’ · Colour

World premiere

With

Vito Vito (Solo)
Ana Tuisila (Nua)
Peter Hayden (Judge Aitken)
Tuiasau Uelese Petaia (Leota)

Crew

Written and directed by
Jeremiah Tauamiti
Cinematography
Tim Flower
Editing
Peter Roberts
Music
Opeloge Ah Sam
Sound Design
Luana Barnes
Sound
Shamir Rodriguez
Production Design
Vea Mafile'o
Costumes
Katerina Fatupaito
Make-up
Levonne Scott
Casting
Fiona Collins
Assistant Director
Neil James
Producer
Ngaire Fuata

Biography

Jeremiah Tauamiti

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

Produced by

SunPix Ltd