Va Tapuia (Sacred Spaces) is the first short film, shot in the village of Manunu and Fagaloa Bay in Upolu,
Samoa and written and directed by Samoan-born and raised Tusi Tamasese, that has been selected to be screened in the 2010 New Zealand International Film Festival in Auckland and Wellington.
Va Tapuia refers to the sacred space which connects people with one another and the world around them.
Tusi Tamasese describes his inspiration for writing Va Tapuia. “Growing up in Samoa, I was fascinated by the bond between our deceased relatives usually buried in our front yards.”
With award-winning producer Catherine Fitzgerald (Rain of the Children; Two Cars, One Night) at the helm, Va Tapuia premieres the arrival of a courageous Pacific voice. “We would like as many Samoans to support this film, crafted by a fellow Samoan.”
It will screen as part of the short film programme: Homegrown: Dramatic Digital Shorts
Friday 16 July | 6:00pm | Academy Cinema | Tickets $15.00 / Seniors $9.00
Saturday 17 July | 11:15am | Academy Cinema | Tickets $15.00 / Seniors $9.00
Monday 19 July | 11:15am | Academy Cinema | Tickets $11.50 / Seniors $9.00
Thursday 22 July | 6:15pm | Film Archive Tickets $15.00 / Seniors $9.00
Sunday 25 July | 4.00 pm | Film Archive Tickets $15.00 / Seniors $9.00
It will also screen before the Mexican film Alamar at SKYCITY Theatre and Soundings Theatre, Te Papa.
Wednesday 21 July | 1.45pm | SKYCITY Theatre Tickets $11.50 / Seniors $9.00
Wednesday 21 July | 6.30pm | SKYCITY Theatre Tickets $15.00 / Seniors $9.00
Thursday 29 July | 6.30pm | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa Tickets $15.00 / Seniors $9.00
Saturday 31 July | 11.45am | Soundings Theatre, Te Papa Tickets $15.00 / Seniors $9.00
PLEASE NOTE: Every ticket incurs a booking fee, ranging from 50 cents per ticket to $8.00 per transaction. The amount depends on the booking method and when the ticket has been purchased.