Feature Documentary TONGAN ARK released in 2012


This is ethnographic film that is poetic and indirect but revitalised and interventionist! More than simply transmedia, it is integrated with the real world. Read a review by The NZ Herald’s Peter Calder here.

Tongan Ark‘s world premiere received a standing ovation at Auckland’s Sky City Theatre in August 2012 as part of the New Zealand International Film Festival. The full house was treated to a post-film show by a huge group of performers from ‘Atenisi University and the historical fofo’anga (kava circle singers) that Futa Helu helped to found. The guest of honour was Hon. Salote Lupepau’u Tuita who graciously received a ceremonial cup of kava from the people.

Tongan Ark has now been shown at other festivals around New Zealand, Tahiti, Fijithe U.S.A, Mexico and Italy. Very soon we will be releasing a special edition dvd with deleted scenes and footage of the NZ world premiere performance and the U.S. film/performing arts tour to Utah and California from September 2013. Keep up to date by following Tongan Ark via the facebook link below.

TONGAN ARK TRAILER from Public Films on Vimeo.

You can even donate to get a wider distribution for the film. We have done extremely well on a very modest budget and while covering our costs, we have always been committed to the continuing welfare of the school as part of our filmmaking process.


  • ofa


    Where can I find this film? Sounds like an inspirational film to watch. Regards, Ofa.

    • admin


      Hi Ofa, The film will premiere at the New Zealand International Film Festival, http://www.nzff.co.nz/film/d884cbe0-d1aa-40d0-9435-fe259a21f9fc Follow us on facebook to see when we will be screening in the Kingdom! http://www.facebook.com/pages/Tongan-Ark/121780031235309 Malo e tokoni, pj

  • Maryland


    Hi, I was just wondering if there was any chance of this film being shown here in Sydney,Australia. Futa Helu is my husband great-uncle and it would be awesome to be able to see it.

    • admin


      We're hoping to show in a number of Australian festivals in 2013/14 soon. Watch Tongan Ark on facebook for details.

  • Siua


    I am a Tongan-American living in the U.S. and would love to see this film. Where can I see it while here in the states?

    • admin


      Coming to Utah, Los Angeles and San Francisco in August 2013! Watch Tongan Ark on facebook for details.

  • Eseta


    Hi, is there anyway I can watch it in New Zealand?? plz :)

  • Roger Cowell


    Please could you tell me if a DVD of this film is available? I have not been able to see the film in the UK, though I would like very much to do so.

  • Amber Mo'unga Tepola 'Uhila


    I am Tongan-Portuguese-American but i didn't grow up around my Tongan family. My mom left my father when i was very young. She didn't tell us much about that side of my family. I reconnected with them after i turned 18yrs old. I now have two children of my own. I would love to see this movie. Is there any way i can get a copy of it? I have never been to Tonga and i do want to go. It is my dream to connect with that side of my heritage. Ofa

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