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Marks of Mana

Lisa Taouma (Samoan)
Aotearoa New Zealand / Western Samoa | 2018 | 46 min | English | Documentary | International Premiere

Fri Oct 19 11:00 AM
TIFF Bell Lightbox Cinema 3
Part of
Marks of Mana

In pre-colonial times, tattooing in the South Pacific was the art of women - made by women and worn by women as stories inscribed in skin for protection and power. But after colonialism this art form was lost not only in practice but became the domain of men. Now this important documentary traces the tradition of tatau for women in the Pacific and why women are fighting to take back the tools of this art form again.

Lisa Taouma is a Samoan film and television producer and director currently living in Aotearoa. She has worked extensively in the Pacific for over 25 years and is passionate about telling the many diverse stories of this region. She produces various series for TV, but her own work specializes in documentary storytelling.