O le tulafale is a contemporary drama about courage, forgiveness and love. Small in stature and humble, Saili lives a simple life with his beloved wife and daughter in an isolated, traditional village on the islands of Samoa. Forced to protect his land and family, Saili must face his fears and seek the right to speak up for those he loves. –Venice Film Festival
Well made first feature about outcasts finally finding a voice and standing up for what's important to them. Develops at a natural pace. Fine cinematography, editing, and structure. Satisfying resolution. The combination of competitive oratory and bribery in influencing decision making and power is fascinating.
Silver Lion for Cai Shangjun (People Mountain People Sea). Acting awards for Michael Fassbender and Deanie Ip.