Tanna film goes to the Oscars | Pift Pacific Islanders in Film & TV

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In a small village of the island of Tanna, a young girl, Wawa, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an inter-tribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal.The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom.

Based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel


The film from directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean is the first to score an Oscar nomination for Australia, which has submitted 10 titles since 1996.

The movie also is the first feature from the directors and the first shot in the nation of Vanuatu. It stars non-actors who had never even watched a film, and it was shot with no electricity — everything was solar-powered, including the editing bay.

The film played Venice two years ago, picking up prizes in Critics’ Week, and was released in North America by Lightyear Entertainment in September, grossing nearly $6,000.

If you want to watch the movie in its entirety you can download it right here.