This is a story of a South Seas island village. The villagers find a baby that had been set adrift. The villagers are warned of the dangers of keeping the child. The young boy is ridiculed ... See full summary »

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George Henare ...
Paui Te Po
Pat Evison ...
Luisa
Teraki Tokorangi ...
Baby Jonasi
Turi Tama ...
Baby Jonasi
Anzac Wallace ...
Tasiri
Rongo Tupatea Kahu ...
Taruga
Telo Malase ...
Jonasi
Joe Pahali ...
Etika
Rangi Staski ...
Tomasi
Roy Staski ...
Matiu
Reg Ruka ...
Bulai
Mana Kuroraki ...
Kohl
Douglas Hosking ...
Manu
Mareta Tane ...
Hene
Mabel Wharekawa ...
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This is a story of a South Seas island village. The villagers find a baby that had been set adrift. The villagers are warned of the dangers of keeping the child. The young boy is ridiculed by many of the villagers because he can not talk, but he can communicate with the sea turtles. Based on the Joy Cowley novel. Written by Dave Parry <deparry@color-country.net>

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20 October 1985 (Finland)  »

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First film to be directed by a woman to be submitted for a censorship classification certificate according to the book "New Zealand Film 1912-1996". (1997). See more »

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Story of handicapped boy becoming friends with a turtle
5 January 2000 | by (Berlin, Germany) – See all my reviews

The films is about a south pacific tale of a young deaf boy with no friends until he meets a (rare) white sea turtle and they become friends. Filmed at the scenic location in Aitutaki lagoon, Cook Islands, this is the type of low budget film with a lot of heart and warmth. Remarkably a lot of locals where involved playing various roles; some of them can be still met today (2000) in Aitutaki. The film highlights both the problem of being isolated because being different (here the main character is deaf) and the joy and strength of friendship.

I recommend this film for anyone 6 years and older.


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