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LOIMATA, The Sweetest Tears

Film (Trailer) – 2020

Filmmaker Anna Marbrook (Waka Warriors) followed a Samoan/Kiwi family on their pilgrimage to Samoa, to confront a source of inter-generational pain. Born and raised in South Auckland, Lilo Ema Siope became a waka builder, and captained the Haunui Waka Hourua and Aotearoa One. Both canoes belonged to the great waka master Hoturoa Barclay-Kerr. In the feature-length documentary, Marbrook captures the final weeks of terminally ill Siope's life — as she channels her remaining energy into travelling with her family to her parents' birth place of Samoa, to find closure and healing. 

Today's real special because we finally get to sail on a waka that was built with her hands...
– Lilo Ema Siope's sister on sailing in open water in a waka with family connections

Key Cast & Crew

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Tamasailau Suaalii-Sauni

Executive Producer

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Jim Marbrook

Writer, Producer

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Matthew Suttor

Composer

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Malcolm Clarke

Editor

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Gaylene Preston

Executive Producer

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Anna Marbrook

Director, Writer, Producer

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Produced by

Anna Marbrook Productions

Source

Anna Marbrook Productions