Directed by: Tusi Tamasese 2016 | 98 min.

Section: Pacific Showcase

Premiere: Hawaii Premiere


Sponsored by:

Pacific Islanders in Communications

Maea once lived by his fists, but now old, has turned his powerful hands to healing and bread making. He strives to live a simple and peaceful life, living alone in the same housing estate as when he immigrated from Samoa many years ago.

He atones for his past by easing the pain of child bearing for young pregnant women and their families who seek his help; resisting the authorities who want him to modernize. He also contends at work with the threat of losing his job at a local bakery as new equipment takes over, and at home an abusive spirit who has moved in with him, relentlessly taunting him while providing company.

When his youngest daughter returns to him, beaten and heavily pregnant, he struggles on one hand - with the inner temptation and the encouragement from the men in his life, to take revenge in the way he knows best - and on the other, to build the new family and companionship so desperately missing from his life.

The latest film from New Zealand based Tusi Tamasese (THE ORATOR), is a tale of a soul laid bare, is a powerful domestic drama that naturally intertwines Samoan spiritual elements that brings a quiet resonance to this story of one man’s path to redemption.


Synopsis written by: Anderson Le


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Cast & Crew

Director Tusi Tamasese
Screenwriter Tusi Tamasese
Producer Catherine Fitzgerald
Cast Frankie Adams, Beulah Koale, Nathaniel Lees, Ene Petaia, Uelese Petaia
Cinematographer Leon Narbey
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