Story: Feature film

The orator, 2011

The first-ever feature film entirely in the Samoan language was also the first feature for director Tusi Tamasese. Its central character, Saili (Fa'afiaula Sagote) is a small man called upon to assume the role of chief of his village. Beautifully shot and acted, The orator won several international awards. Watch the trailer.

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Reference: The orator - O Le Tulafale. Producer, Catherine Fitzgerald; director and writer, Tusi Tamasese. Blueskin Films, 2007.

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Helen Martin, 'Feature film - Looking to the future', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 3 July 2022)

Story by Helen Martin, published 22 Oct 2014