Dir. Martin Butler, Bentley Dean. Australia, 2015. 1h 44m. Nauvhal/subs. Starring Mungau Dain, Marie Wawa, Kapan Cook, Charlie Kahla, Lingai Kowia.
Foreign Language Oscar nominated story of star-crossed lovers set in one of the world's last true tribal societies on a remote Pacific island. A young woman runs away with the man she loves to avoid an arranged marriage, forcing the tribe to wrestle with the idea of preserving their traditional culture or adapting to the increasing outside demands. An untrained cast of actors brilliantly re-create a real-life story from their recent tribal history.
'A heartfelt story, enacted in lush locations by the Yakel tribe of Tanna island, tells of forbidden love across the tribal divide’ ★★★★ Phil Hoad, The Guardian
'A tale of star-crossed love that is as poignant as the insights are acute into vanishing tradition and the changing status of women.’ ★★★★ David Parkinson, Radio Times