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Savage Symbols

Film (Full Length) – 2002

This documentary looks at the art of traditional Samoan tattooing, or pe'a, based around interviews with nine men who have the tattoos (which cover the lower back and upper legs). The film goes to Samoa to discover the history of tatau, and also interviews New Zealand-based Samoans with pe'a. They talk about the cultural significance of the tattooing, what it means to them, and about dealing with the pain of the long tattooing process, as well as the recovery period afterwards. The documentary screened at the 2002 NZ International Film Festival.

Key Cast & Crew

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Tamara Finau-Moir

Editor

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Makerita Urale

Producer, Director

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Arthur Rasmussen

Camera

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Chris Brown

Additional Camera

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Melanie Graham

Sound Mix

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Pusi Urale

Language Advisor

Produced by

Makerita Urale

Source

Makerita Urale

Acknowledgements

Made with assistance from the Screen Innovation Production Fund

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