Much-anticipated, historic short film Liliu reaches funding target
Pasifika Network/Genesis 1 couldn't be more excited that the talented Nanai Jeremiah Tauamati has reached the $10,000 funding target for post-production work on his short film "Liliu".
Written and directed by Nanai Jeremiah Tauamiti, the film is produced by the incomparable Ngaire Fuata.
Pasifika Network/Genesis 1 was deeply honoured to have contributed a modest amount to this huge ambition - it is vitally important that Pacific visual storytelling is given every opportunity to flourish.
If you're interested in donating to this project, the crowd-funding site for the flim will be open for a few more days www.boosted.org.nz/projects/liliu-short-film
Liliu is the story of two very different Samoans during a time when Samoa was ruled by New Zealand post WW1.
Solo, a young man who has embraced his modern life as a translator for the Native Court, and Nua, a traditional older woman Chief who finds herself awaiting trial.
Solo carries out his duties translating for his countrymen who cannot speak English, but manipulates the truth thinking his lies will do him favours with a judge who is bent on destroying Samoan traditional customs.
When Nua's grand-children arrive at the courthouse, all hell breaks loose, and the lives of Solo and Nua will never be the same. Liliu is about being brave enough to not only stand up for yourself, but for those you love who do not have a voice. It's about being brave enough to speak the truth in your own country or die trying.
LILIU, in Samoan means to turn over, or to reveal.
For those involved in this film, their goal was to reveal the hidden heroes of our past, seldom heard of, or learned.
To know that the very ground we stand on, be it in Samoa, Aotearoa, or anywhere else in the world, is built on strong Pacific women, men, and children, who gave their lives for us to speak the truth of who we are as a people.
Liliu is made and supported by film makers and actors who believe in being the rightful owners, and tellers of our stories, and the film makers are proud of their crew, made up of many nationalities that have helped make this story a true 'village raised' film.
The film makers received a Fresh Shorts funding grant from the New Zealand Film Commission. But the grant has been used already towards flying over our crew and sole NZ actor to film in Samoa, and our accommodation.
It also paid for some of the equipment, some of which was also given to us with support from Sir Peter Jackson's WingNut films, and also Panavision who equipped us with special lenses.
The film has a predominantly Samoan cast from Samoa, with locals also helping to crew the shoot.
"I'm still at a loss for words. Malo sa'ili malo". (Tuiasau Uelese Petaia - Actor)
"It was a very special shoot, and I think we all know we were part of something v special". (Peter Hayden - Actor ) "The Actors and Extras who brought the truth to this film, your Mana will shine bright on the big screen" (Dave Perret - Liliu crew ) Follow them on: www.facebook.com/liliishortfilm/ www.instagram.com/liliushortfilm/