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Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.
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Cast

Credited cast:
Kapan Cook ...
Kapan Cook
Mungau Dain ...
Dain
Charlie Kahla ...
Chief Charlie
Lingai Kowia ...
Father
Dadwa Mungau ...
Grandmother
Albi Nagia ...
Grandfather and Shaman
Marceline Rofit ...
Selin
Mikum Tainakou ...
Imedin Chief
Marie Wawa ...
Wawa
Mungau Yokay ...
Chief
Linette Yowayin ...
Mother
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Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

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10 March 2016 (Netherlands)  »

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Taboo  »

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$5,711 (USA) (16 September 2016)

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$5,711 (USA) (16 September 2016)
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Official submission of Australia for the 'Best Foreign Language Film' category of the 89th Academy Awards in 2017. See more »

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Wawa: You catch a lot of butterflies like that?
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Featured in The 89th Annual Academy Awards (2017) See more »

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A tale as old as time
14 February 2017 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

In some respects this film reminded me of Murnau's "Tabu". It hails from Australia, (and is the Australian entry for this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar), but is actually set on the remote Pacific island of Tanna among the Yakel tribe and tells of the forbidden love between Wawa and Dain, the son of the chief. Gorgeously shot in the rain forests of Tanna, which is part of Vanuatu, and on an active volcano, it has the feel of a documentary, (the cast are non-professionals), but is constructed like a thriller with a touch of 'Romeo and Juliet' thrown in. It was co-directed by Martin Butler, (it marks his feature debut), and its cinematographer Bentley Dean and there is a harshness at play that belies the beauty of the locations though there is also a degree of humour too. The problem with the picture is that the material is old-hat, however exotic the setting. As a certain song says, this is a tale as old as time but it's redeemed, in this instance, by the treatment.


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