Based on the Traditional Tongan Legend, `Aho`eitu leaves his mother to find his father Tagaloa in the heavens. On his quest he finds out that he also has brothers, but will they accept him as their own? And will Tagaloa acknowledge his son, and who will take his place as his heir, the first King, the Tu'i Tonga.
`Aho`eitu is based on the legend of the first Tui Tonga - King of Tonga. It is a lineage that can be traced to the current King of Tonga ʻAhoʻeitu ʻUnuakiʻotonga Tukuʻaho Tupou.
Shot in Tonga, with an entirely local cast in their film debut, 'Aho'eitu is an original Tongan film. Backed up by powerful performances and production, in it's first international outing, 'Aho'eitu won the 'Break through Award' at the Pasifika Film Festival in Sydney 2015. The short film `Aho`eitu is part of an art work called 'Digital Fananga', by Vea Mafile'o, funded by Creative New Zealand, thecoconet.TV and made by Malosi pictures. Digital Fananga are short films based on Pasifika Myths, Legends and Beliefs.
Malosi Pictures is a production company based in New Zealand, of Pacific Island heritage, Tongan and Samoan the small family team of 3 work with local Tongan crew and actors to help encourage local Tongan film making. Our aim is to bring traditional Pacific Oral legends to life and preserve these storeys for younger generations.