Nanna Maria (Ruby Dee), the matriarch of a Fijian family living in Auckland, feels that the heart has gone out of her clan. She demands that her grown grandchildren put on a traditional feast, at which she will name her successor. The grandchildren — Soul, Charlene, Hibiscus, Erasmus, and Tyson — reluctantly turn up. But tiffs send the day into chaos. Nanna calls the whole thing off. This lovo-warmed love letter to his Mt Roskill hometown was the debut film for director Toa Fraser (Dean Spanley). It screened at many festivals; it won the World Cinema audience award at Sundance in 2006.
We got the guitar out and had a party and Toa said, 'Everybody sing some songs'. That's not strange to us. European, Māori, Fijian, Samoan, whatever — there's so much crossover between our cultures; it's applicable to all of us.– No. 2 actor Pio Terei
Southern Light Films
World premiere in January 2006 at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City Utah
Soundtrack features the song 'Bathe in the River', composed by Don McGlashan, performed by the Mt Raskil Preservation Society and featuring Hollie Smith