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  1. The trailer for the film.

  2. A 10 minute excerpt from this feature film.

Synopsis

The Silent One is a mythological children's drama about the friendship between a deaf mute boy, Jonasi, and a rare white turtle. The boy's differences lead to suspicion from his Rarotongan village. When the village suffers drought and a devastating storm, the boy and turtle (also considered an ill omen) are blamed and ostracised. Adapted by Ian Mune from a Joy Cowley story, the beloved film was the first New Zealand dramatic feature to be directed by a woman (Yvonne Mackay). In the excerpt here, Jonasi is excluded from a boar hunt and first meets the turtle.

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Comments (28)

 Paul Ward

Paul Ward | website

Hi Shalom - click on the 'buy' tab above (to the right of the player) and you'll be directed to where you can buy this film on DVD

 Shalom Ngatoro

Shalom Ngatoro

this is a very old movie and to this day i am still lookin for it does anyone know where i can get a copy preferably on dvd

 jowlaesi

jowlaesi

i luv tht story..........

 Jayleen

Jayleen

I was born in the 80's and watched this movie at around age 5. I can still remember the clips like I just saw it yesterday. A very memorable story indeed.

 Soutrik Das

Soutrik Das

Hi,
I saw this movie way back in 1985 in India. I have been trying to buy the DVD ever since, without success. I live in New York and unfortunately there seems to be no availability in the US. I came across this website selling only PAL copies (not NTSC or universal). FYI - if anyone's interested:
http://www.trademe.co.nz/Movies-TV/nz/available_items-20044024/key-.htm

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Quotes

The Silent One is about going to the limit and winning … about being special and about people wanting to take that away. 
McKay displays some audacious touches for a first-time filmmaker. [...]. Twenty-five years after its release, very little about the film has aged badly. [T]he overall impact is undeniable – The Silent One is a rare example of an indigenous culture being honoured onscreen with respect, emotion and insight. 

Awards

1986 Paris Film Festival for Children and Young People
Best Actor: Telo Malase 
Special Jury Prize for Best Film.

1986 Chicago Children's Film Festival
Best Cinematography (Ian Paul)

1985 Figuera de Foz Festival, Portugal
Best Children's Film

1985 Moscow Film Festival
Silver Medal: Children's section

1984 Frankfurt Film Festival for Youth
Best Children's Film

1984 Giffoni Film Festival for Children, Italy
Silver Gryphon

1984 New Zealand Music Awards
Best Film Soundtrack (Jenny McLeod)