The Promise of Piha

New Zealand | 2016 | 16 minutes | Hanelle Harris

A young Samoan man has been chosen as the next leader of his community, but he must confess his true desire.

Director Biography

Hailing from the valleys of Hutoai in the Far North of New Zealand, Hanelle is of Maori (Ngapuhi, Hgati Tuwharetoa) and Lebanese lineage. In 2011 she graduated with a Bahelor of Performing Arts in Acting for Screen & Theatre for Unitec; one of New Zealand's top Performing Arts academies. In 2013 Hanelle completed her Post Graduate Diploma in Directing, Writing and Screen Production. She has since been an active member in New Zealand's Screen and Theatre industry as an actress (Orphans and Kingdoms, Hillary) and key creative amassing credits for producing, writing, directing and casting. As a film maker Hanelle is passionate about Maori and Pasifika stories, particularly those with strong female perspectives, social realism and distinctive next generation voices.

  • Director: Hanelle Harris
  • Principal Cast: Frankie Adams, Taofia Pelesasa, Katerina Fatupaito
  • Premiere Status: US
  • Country: New Zealand
  • Year: 2016
  • Running Time: 16 minutes
  • Producer: Elspeth Grant, Jadin Leslie
  • Screenplay: Taofia Pelesasa, Hanelle Harris
  • Cinematographers: Kelly Chen
  • Editors: Chia Hsu
  • Music: Opeloge Ah Sam
  • Website: Official Film Website
  • Awards: Media Art Festival (Jury Award)
  • Language: Engilsh, Samoan
  • Has Subtitles: Yes
  • Format: DCP

This film is playing as a part of Indigenous Without Borders

From Standing Rock to Aotearoa, these shorts, directed by indigenous filmmakers, give passionate voice to the traditions and issues of indigenous populations around the globe.

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