The Kingdom of Tonga

Denmark, 1988

Film
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Episode of Series “Oceans of Dreams - Currents of Change Series”.
The last Pacific Kingdom, Tonga, has a unique history, social and political system. Tonga was the only Pacific nation not to be colonised. Its special relationship of friendship and protection by Britain gave way to complete independence in 1970. Today, Tonga is devoutly Christian, with strong traditional values and attitudes. It faces the problem of a rising population, decreasing supply of land and the changes which affect all Pacific nations. Tonga has countered some of the challenges by a policy of encouraging light industry and tourism. Its other safety valve is migration; an estimated 25 per cent of Tongans live abroad and the film examines this issue as well as portraying contemporary life in Tonga.

Credits

producer

Leif Stubkjaer,

Duration

00:26:00:00

Production places
Denmark
Production dates
1988

Appears in

Oceans of Dreams - Currents of Change Series

Group of items

Oceans of Dreams - Currents of Change Series

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Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

300924

Language

English

Subject categories

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Tonga Islands - Social life and customs

Anthropology, Ethnology, Exploration & Travel → Travel

Documentary

Documentary → Documentary films - Denmark

Short films

Short films → Short films - Denmark

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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