Tanna

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Australia | 2015 | 99 minutes | Martin Butler, Bentley Dean

October 21 - 23, 2016

SIFF Film Center | Three Days Only!
In this lush, visually breathtaking film, the first shot entirely on the island nation of Vanuatu, rebellious Wawa must choose between loyalty to her clan and her own heart when she is betrothed to a man from another tribe.

On the lush tropical island of Tanna the conviction of two star-crossed lovers will change their tribe's culture forever. Wawa, being readied for the ceremony that will recognize her as a grown woman, is in love with the handsome grandson of the tribal chief. When, as part of an effort to resolve island hostilities, Wawa is betrothed to a man from another tribe, she must choose between loyalty to her clan and her own heart.

This visually breathtaking film is the first to be shot entirely on the island nation of Vanuatu. Directors Bentley Dean and Martin Butler lived with the Yakel people for months to learn their culture, develop the film's story, and find their cast among natives who had never seen a movie or a camera before.

  • Director: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean
  • Principal Cast: Marie Wawa, Mungau Dain, Marceline Rofit, Chief Charlie Kahla
  • Country: Australia, Vanuatu
  • Year: 2015
  • Running Time: 99 minutes
  • Language: Nauvhal
  • Has Subtitles: Yes