A coming of age story about a young woman, Viki, attempting to escape the stifling conformity of island culture. Inspired by the myth of the Warrior Woman, Viki recovers from the death of her father and fights for justice and freedom.

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Viki
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Warrior Woman
Voi Fesaitu ...
Hapati
Elisapeti Kafonika Inia ...
Mata
John Fasiu Fatiaki ...
Noa
Ritie Titofaga ...
Maurea
James Davenport ...
Judge Clarke (as James M Davenport)
Maniue Vilsoni ...
Koroa
Sarote Fonmanu ...
Rako / Teacher
Emily Erasito ...
Hanisi - Viki's sister
Moriki Tigarea ...
Pili
Mareko Tomniko Veu ...
Brother on Canoe
Fuata Semesi ...
Brother on Canoe
Mata Tomniko Iane ...
Brother on Canoe
Wilson Paul Tomniko ...
Brother on Canoe
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The Land Has Eyes is an 87-minute narrative drama about Viki, (introducing Sapeta Taito) a young South Pacific Islander who redeems her family's name by exposing the secrets of her island's most powerful and important people. Shamed by her village for being poor and the daughter of a wrongly convicted thief, Viki is inspired and haunted by the island's mythical 'warrior woman' (Rena Owen, Once Were Warriors). The lush tropical beauty of Rotuma (part of Fiji) contrasts with the stifling conformity of her island's culture as Viki confronts notions of justice and her own personal freedom. Written by VH & JPH

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The land has teeth and knows the truth... - A Rotuman Proverb

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A glimpse into a unique place
13 March 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The Land Has Eyes is a unique film, depicting the people and culture of a small island that is otherwise invisible to most of the world. The movie beautifully captures the nuances and rhythms of life on a Pacific island, showing the depth of village culture today. It weaves in the realities of modern-day life (children getting western education, etc) with an age-old conflict that could have happened in a village five hundred years ago.

The writer and director, who is from Rotuma weaves in powerful themes to a simple story, such as that of female power and enduring justice, using elements from mythology. Most of the actors and actresses in the film are amateurs and they do a wonderful job of acting this first movie.

I'd highly recommend this film for a glimpse into Rotuma's people and culture.


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