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For My Father's Kingdom Film (Trailer) – 2019 Documentary

For My Father's Kingdom

Film (Trailer) – 2019 Documentary

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Director Vea Mafile'o's Tongan father Saia drives this deeply personal film. Vea raises thorny questions about the relationship between money and the church in Tongan culture, questions that caused her Kiwi/Tongan family pain. Pensioner Saia Mafile'o's dedication to raising large amounts of money for Misinale (an annual church celebration) upset his children and splintered his marriage. Mafile'o returns to Tonga with her father and siblings, to attend the Misinale and learn why the financial sacrifice matters to him. The documentary debuted at the 2019 Berlin Film Festival.

There are two types of Tongan; a laughing Tongan, and a crying Tongan. Guess which one I am.
– Vea Mafile'o's brother reflects on his complicated love for his father

Produced by

Paper Run Productions

Source

Paper Run Productions

Availability

Released in New Zealand cinemas on 29 August 2019

New Zealand premiere on 30 July 2019 at Auckland's Civic Theatre, as part of the 2019 NZ International Film Festival

World premiere in February 2019, as part of the Berlin International Film Festival