The first movie from Otara-based Pele Nili — aka musician Siavani — is the music heavy story of a man trying to do right by his family and his community. After tragedy hits his family, Solomon (played by Nili) returns to the neighbourhood he grew up in, and makes it his mission to ensure his brothers and other local youth don’t make his mistakes. Originally filmed in Manukau in 2010, the "likeable, and often completely loveable" (Stuff's Graeme Tuckett) movie was self-funded — and inspired by workshops Nili ran in South Auckland, that provided training in the arts.
I wanted to celebrate the culture and celebrate the way we live in Manukau.– Moviemaker Pele Nili, in an interview with the Manukau Courier, 27 May 2010
New Zealand release 19 May 2016
First screenings on 4 November 2015 at Event Cinemas Newmarket, and in November 2015 at Pasifika Film Fest (Sydney)