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  1. A 10 minute excerpt from this feature film.

  2. The credits for this feature film.

Synopsis

On the Samoan island of Sapepe, the rebellious, pranksterish young Pepe (Faifua Amiga) rejects his imported Christianity and declares himself a descendant of the old gods, setting himself on a path of alienation and conflict. In this excerpt, he leads a burglary of his father's store and burns down a church on the streets of Apia. Martyn Sanderson's first feature, adapted from the novella by Albert Wendt and shot with a local and largely amateur crew, Flying Fox is emboldened by vivid cinematography and Kingpin-star Amiga's unforced charisma in the lead role.

Credits (11)

 Martyn Sanderson
 Grahame McLean
 Richard Von Sturmer

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Quotes

First time director Sanderson scrums into the hefty themes with gusto ... the film has a passion and vigour that live in the mind long after you've seen it. 
... an affecting, perceptive coming-of-age tale. 
[Director Martyn] Sanderson understands visual and verbal irony ... Flying Fox is an auspicious foray into the realm of features. 
At the heart of it is a terrific performance from Faifua Amiga. His Pepe is a soul in torment, at war with himself and with the alienating cultural ideals of the colonising Palagi. 

Awards

1989 Amiens Film Festival (France)
Grand Prix de la Ville d'Amiens: for the film making the greatest contribution to the understanding of a culture and the identity of a people

1989 Tokyo International Film Festival
Best Screenplay

Festivals include
1990 Hawaii, 1990 American Film Institute Film Festival, 1990 New Zealand International Film Festivals