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. Adapted from two works by Albert Wendt and shot with a local and largely amateur crew, Martyn Sanderson's first feature is emboldened by vivid cinematography and Kingpin-star Amiga's unforced charisma in the lead role.
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.– Rachel Lang in Onfilm, 1990
Grahame McLean Associates
Presented with thanks to the New Zealand Film Heritage Trust – Te Puna Ataata