Jeremiah Tauamiti | Short Drama
Samoan | New Zealand | 2018 |17 min
Canadian Premiere

Wednesday, October 23, 2019 | 12:30pm
Shorts Program: Activation
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3

Solo, a young Samoan interpreter for a Native Court in Colonial, Samoa, does what he thinks is best for his people, at times lying as he translates. High Chief Nua, who understands and speaks English, is charged with trespassing. There is a tirade of verbal punches between Solo, Nua, and an old Judge hell-bent on Colonial rule. Solo risks everything when Nua is wrongfully imprisoned, fights to get back to her stranded grandchildren, leaving the colonial shackles behind.


Jeremiah Tauamiti is a writer/director who holds the High-Chief titles Fa'alava'au and Nanai, bestowed from his father's family, Falelatai district, Samoa. In 2018, he received the Writing Seed Grant, from the New Zealand Writers Guild, for his next feature film.