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Tala Pasifika - Malama

Television (Full Length) – 1996

This short drama about losing a loved one features actor Jay Laga'aia (Street Legal). Young Malama (Saili Williams) lost her eyesight in the car crash that killed her mother. Although Nalama can't see in the physical world, she has gained a window into the spirit world. Her father (Laga'aia) still grieves, and can't cope with raising the kids. His frustrations manifest as anger. When Malama and her brother attend their baptism, the family crisis hits boiling point. Written by ex Tagata Pasifika reporter Aaron Taouma, Malama screened on television in 1996, as part of pioneering Pasifika drama series Tala Pasifika.

I hate him.
– Pele (Sefo Tauilo) on her father Ta'a (Jay Laga'aia)

Key Cast & Crew

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Jay Laga'aia

As: Ta'a

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Aaron Taouma


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Don Selwyn

Executive Producer, Casting

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Sefo Tauilo

As: Pele

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Saili Williams

As: Malama

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Matt Bowkett

Director, Casting

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Made in association with the NZ Film Commission's Short Film Fund, and NZ On Air