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Va Tapuia - Sacred Spaces

Short Film (Full Length) – 2009

Parental Guidance

Taro planter Lui’s grief for his dead wife is blighting his life and crops. A widow, Malia, is bound by anger to the grave of her abusive husband, as the rising sea slowly drowns it. When Lui and Malia meet by chance, he’s provided with a path from his hurt. Filmed in Samoan on the island of Upolu, and directed by Samoan-born Tusi Tamasese, the short is a fable-like meditation on communion, cooking and sacred places. It was selected for the Clermont-Ferrand and Hawaii film festivals, and was the precursor to Tamasese’s Venice-selected debut feature, The Orator.

Growing up in Samoa, I was fascinated by the bond between our deceased relatives usually buried in our front yards.
– Tusi Tamasese

Key Cast & Crew

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Pouoa Malae Lialia'i

As: Lui

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Tusi Tamasese

Director, Writer

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Catherine Fitzgerald


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Lena Rivers

As: Malia

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Peter Tamasese

Art Director

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Nathaniel Lees

Associate Producer

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Produced by

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Blueskin Films


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The Film Shop