In this offering from the Loading Docs series, Kiwi/Samoan hip hop artist Kas Futialo (Tha Feelstyle) journeys back to a place called the Crossroads (Le Māgafā) in Faleasi'u, the Samoan village where as a child he imagined his future. Here four parts of himself — spiritual, cultural, creative and the everyday — meet in the space where the dirt roads merge. The result is more storytelling than documentary, expanding on Futialo's metaphor for life and hip hop. The use of black and white film creates a timeless quality. Director Sani Salanga is also known as hip hop artist Dei Hamo.
I believe we are stronger when we are open to receiving answers to questions that seem beyond our understanding.– Hip hop artist Kas Futialo on his life's journey as a Samoan man and artist
Made with funding from NZ On Air, as well as the NZ Film Commission and Te Māngai Pāho
Features 'Sumalie (I Aint Mad)', performed by Tha Feelstyle, 'I Do Believe', performed by Tha Feelstyle and Lapi Mariner, 'Kaufeai', performed by Kas Futialo, and 'R U T A' performed by Punialava'a