Australian Perspectives ACMI Presents

Tanna

M This film contains mature themes and violence.

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Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

In one of the last traditional tribes in the South Pacific, a young girl, Wawa, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an inter-tribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom.

Based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel.

“…performed with conviction by actors who’d never seen a film or a movie camera before, the pic is a stirring tribute to the power of love and will likely prompt many viewers to shed tears of sadness and tears of joy at various points. Wawa is luminous in the central role and has terrific screen chemistry with well cast leading man Dain.” - Variety

DURATION: 104 mins COUNTRY: AU DATE: 2015 FORMAT: DCP

Session times

The screening on the 7th of January will be followed by a Q&A with co-director Bentley Dean.

7 Jan – 11 Feb