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Films & Schedules - THE ORATOR


Wed, Feb 15, 2012
at 8:45 PM (Lloyd Mall 5)
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Sat, Feb 18, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Lloyd Mall 6)
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Mon, Feb 20, 2012
at 2:30 PM (Pioneer Place 5)
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While The Orator’s status as Samoa’s first feature film makes it a native landmark, writer/director Tusi Tamasese’s deft command of atmospherics, tone, and rhythm transforms it into a genuinely noteworthy achievement. Primarily employing first-time actors to bring this delicately wrought tale to life, Tamasese centers his film on Saili, a diminutive taro farmer who lives with his wife Vaaiga and her willful daughter at the outskirts of a remote jungle village. When Vaaiga’s estranged family suddenly demands her return, Saili must settle the dispute through the Samoan tradition of oration. As he prepares, we witness a sense of self-worth being instilled in Saili, lending him the resilience necessary to fight for what he holds most dear. And when the climactic war of words erupts, we find ourselves hanging on every heartfelt word that leaves his lips. (110 mins.)

First Feature.


Interests: New Directors, Oscar Submissions.

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