Land Has Eyes, The aka: Pear ta ma 'on maf -
Te Maka Productions - 91 min.
DVD UPC # 3000000060766
Cast: Sapeta Taito, Rena Owen, John Fatiaki, Voi Fesaitu, Elizabeth Kafonika Inia, James Davenport.
Screenplay: Vilsoni Hereniko; Director of Photography: Paul Atkins; Set Design: Cary Smoot;
Music: Clive Cockburn, Audy Kimura; Editing: Jonathan Woodford-Robinson; Production Design:
Hupfeld Hoerder; Post Production Supervisor: Geoff Murphy; Producers: Jeannette Paulson Hereniko,
Corey Tong; Director: Vilsoni Hereniko.
This first feature film from Fiji, or rather the Fijian island of Rotuma, written and directed by a native Fijian,
tells of an intelligent young woman who wants more than the traditional ways of her island community.
She avoids homemaking skills to aid her father with tasks such as coconut harvesting and is attracted
to his folkways and beliefs, instead of the colonially imposed Christianity. This also includes his attachment
to the Rotuman myth of the first ruler, Warrior Woman and her magic. The mostly in the Rotuman language
soundtrack, with English subtitles, is greatly enhanced by the optional English commentary track. Although
most of the actors are amateurs, the results are better than one might expect. A fine insight into a different
culture and its members, struggling to adapt to modern Western society. Recommended.
Censor Rating: M - Review rating: B-
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