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Samoan movie, “One Thousand Ropes” to premiere in Berlin

A Samoan movie will have its world premiere at this year’s Berlin Film Festival next month.

The film, “One Thousand Ropes” is written and directed by Samoan film maker Tusi Tamasese who also directed the critically acclaimed film, “The Orator.”

“One Thousand Ropes” will be shown in the Panorama section of the world famous Berlin Festival along with 50 other films from 43 countries around the world.

The movie was filmed entirely in Wellington New Zealand and features Samoan actors Uelese Petaia, Frankie Adams, Vaele Sima Urale, Ene Petaia, Beulah Koale and Anapela Polata’ivao.

Lead actor Petaia performed in the play “aLofa” that was staged at Lee Auditorium last month.

A press release from the Berlin Film Festival, says that in “One Thousand Ropes,” Samoan director Tusi Tamasese creates mythic images full of tension and concentration to relate the story of Maea, the baker and male midwife with the healing hands whose personal demons play an integral role in his everyday life.”

One Thousand Ropes will be released in Samoa and New Zealand March 23.

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