One Thousand Ropes 18+

Fiction | Feature
Director  Tusi Tamasese
New Zealand | 98 mins | 2016
Samoan with English subtitles

South Australian Premiere

Official Selection – Berlin Film Festival 2017.

The second feature by Samoan New Zealander Tusi Tamasese (The Orator) takes us into the Samoan community in Wellington. Maea is a gentle middle-aged man who works in a bakery and assists at home births. But Maea is haunted by a violent past that cost him everything. Maea’s solitary life is changed by the unexpected return of Illsa, his pregnant and battered daughter. Tamasese delicately weaves myth and fantasy into a beautifully filmed and extremely well performed tale of family and redemption.  

Director Tusi Tamasese | Screenwriter Tusi Tamasese | Producer Catherine Fitzgerald | Cinematographer Leon Narbey | Editor Annie Collins | Cast Frankie Adams, Uelese Petaia, Sima Urale