CULTURE, POWER AND THE INFINITE
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, Fiji, the 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.
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.
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