For My Father’s Kingdom

Vea Mafile`o/Jeremiah Tauamiti | Documentary Feature
Tongan| New Zealand | 2019 | 97 min
Canadian Premiere

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 12:45pm
For My Father’s Kingdom
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 2

For My Father’s Kingdom follows Tongan pensioner Saia Mafile’o and his family as they are stretched to breaking point by the commitment and passion he carries to his church in Tonga. His family tries to understand his dedication. When they all head back to Tonga for a school anniversary where he was a teacher, they see how deeply connected he is to the community still. They question their own identity and how the rigours of devout Christian tithing on the island has impacted their cultural identity.


Vea Mafile’o (Tongan/Maori/Scottish/English) is a freelance television and film director who has filmed extensively throughout the Pacific. For My Father’s Kingdom is her debut feature, which will had World Premiere at the prestigious Berlin Film Festival 2019. It is the first Tongan feature documentary for cinema, directed by a Tongan female in the World. Her short film Toaipuapuaga - Strength in Suffering, was also accepted into Berlin and again will have its World Premiere in the NATIVe section. For My Father`s Kingdom received a special Jury award in the International Documentary section and she received an award for Toaipuapuaga - Strength in Suffering at the Wairua film festival.


Jeremiah Tauamiti is a writer/director, with a passion for Pacific stories. After directing television for 10 years, he directed his first NZFC Short Maria (Written by Taofia Pelesasa), in 2015, which was accepted into many festivals, including ImagineNative, Skábmagovat Film Festival (Finland), Hawaiian Film Festival. Maria won the inaugural PBS online Film Festival with over one million viewers and the Best Pasifika Short Award at Maoriland Film Festival.