THE BLACK PEN

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Directed by: Ofakilevuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki 2017 | 13 min.

Section: Pacific Showcase Shorts

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere

Countries: Tonga

Languages: Tongan

Genres: Native/Indigenous Peoples


Synopsis

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Preparing to leave work for a family funeral, newly qualified counsellor Malaia receives a lesson in the realities of her new job when eleven-year-old Anaseini is brought to the refuge by a female police officer, and she is coerced into staying late to interview the terrified child and write a report for the courts. The pressure rises when the novice counsellor discovers that her own daughter has skipped school and is missing. Malaia leaves the frightened and silent Anaseini with colouring pens as she frantically calls her husband. Torn between her work and her personal problems she is forced to make a stand when Anaseini’s father arrives, supported by the local priest, demanding that Anaseini return home with him.

Screenings

Friday, November 10 8:15 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed
Plays with:  PACIFIC SHOWCASE SHORTS POSSUM
MY MOTHER'S BLOOD
LADY EVA
FAKA'ANAUA
MEKE
THE EDUCATION OF GRAYSON TOKI
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PRAISE SONG FOR OCEANIA
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Saturday, November 11 12:30 PM Dole Cannery D Date Passed
Plays with:  PACIFIC SHOWCASE SHORTS POSSUM
MY MOTHER'S BLOOD
LADY EVA
FAKA'ANAUA
MEKE
THE EDUCATION OF GRAYSON TOKI
KA PIKO
PRAISE SONG FOR OCEANIA
TAMA

Cast & Crew

Director Ofakilevuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki
Producer Lucy Hannah, Janet Steel
Cast Melemanu Fiu Bloomfield, Kilisitina Pifeleti, Sela Sausini Tu'ipulotu, Louise Sei-Arohanui Leilani Likiliki
Director of Photography Ngarangi Tipene-Leach
Writer Ofakilevuka Guttenbeil-Likiliki
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