The Promise of Piha

Hanelle Harris | Aotearoa New Zealand | 2015 | 16 MIN | Short Drama

Sunday 23 October 2016 | 12:00 PM
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 3
World Premiere
Screening as part of Me and My Little Sister

Pule is brought up in a strong Christian family and is heading to Bible College in Samoa. A cherished son in his family’s and church’s eyes, he hides his homosexuality and his clandestine affair with his best friend. As the community prepares for the annual White Sunday ceremony, Pule must navigate the difficult demands of his family, the church and his heart.


Hanelle Harris (Ngaphui/Ngati Tuwharetoa) graduated with a Bachelor of Performing Arts in Acting for Screen & Theatre. She is passionate about Maori and Pasifika stories, particularly those with strong female perspectives, social realism and distinctive next-generation voices.