Runtime: 104 minutes
Nauvhal language with English subtitles
Rated PG: mature theme
Directed by: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
Starring: Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Marceline Rofit
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Film Synopsis: In the South Pacific, Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom.
About The Production: Tanna, an extraordinary Australia/Vanuatu co-production nominated for the 2017 Forein Language Oscar, is a Romeo and Juliet story set in one of the world’s last true tribal societies. It is the first feature film shot entirely in the South Pacific nation of Vanuatu, in a village called Yakel. The people of this remote community, high in the mountain rainforests near a spitting volcano, truly wear grass skirts and penis sheaths and have rejected colonial and Christian influences in favor of their traditional and pure “Kastom” system of laws and beliefs. Their customs and lifestyle have changed little for centuries. Before Tanna, they had never before seen a movie or a camera, yet welcomed the filmmakers to live with the tribe for seven months where they absorbed stories and observed ceremonies, with the input and collaboration of the local people.
“The movie is a tremendous accomplishment, especially considering that the cast had never seen cameras before – much less movies – yet still agreed to star in the drama.” -Washington Post
“It’s a familiar tale pitting selfish desire against the greater good, but it’s like nothing you’ve ever seen thanks to the wondrous South Pacific landscapes.” -The Film Stage
“An open-throated and universal call for change from within.” -The Guardian