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LOIMATA, The Sweetest Tears

Film (Trailer) – 2020

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
...we Pākehā live alongside many cultures and we might have Samoan friends, but we rarely get a chance to glimpse an intimate family portrait that spans generations and tells a history alongside an intensely personal story, where the theme is universal but the journey is unique.
– Executive Producer Dame Gaylene Preston talks about Loimata, The Sweetest Tears
Every Saturday from 7am to 10 am, so we just come and learn the kaupapa of Te Toki and why they do what they do, and we've embraced that kaupapa too. Learning how to do knots and putting up the sail, learning what it means and the importance of working together.
– Rebekah Rimoni, sister of Lilo Ema Siope, on learning about waka building as a family, Te Ao Māori News website, 27 October 2019
This is a story about transformation through the belief that if you can change your heart, you can change your environment, you can change a family, a community, even a country. Ema understood the power of personal testimony and had the courage to examine the trauma in her life, taking her family with her.
– Writer/director Anna Marbrook