You, the Choice of My Parents

Tumeli Tuqota |Short Drama
Tongan| Fiji| 2019 | 4 min
Canadian Premiere

Friday, October 25, 2019 | 8:00pm
Shorts Program: Translations
TIFF Bell Lightbox, Cinema 1

Based on a poem by the prolific Konai Heli Thaman, one woman’s musings of her arranged marriage are laid bare over a series of traditional Tongan tapestries. Through a series of chapters, her life is animated by her inner turmoil and struggles to find her place as a woman in a new world.


Meli Tuqota Jr’s father hails from Vanua Levu, Fiji and his mother is from Ha’apai, Tonga. He has over 15 years of experience with graphic design, motion design, 2D and 3D animation, filmmaking and drawing stick figures with both hands.