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Pear ta ma 'on maf (2004)

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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Cast overview, first billed only:
Warrior Woman
Voi Fesaitu ...
Elisapeti Kafonika Inia ...
John Fasiu Fatiaki ...
Ritie Titofaga ...
James Davenport ...
Judge Clarke (as James M Davenport)
Maniue Vilsoni ...
Sarote Fonmanu ...
Rako / Teacher
Emily Erasito ...
Hanisi - Viki's sister
Moriki Tigarea ...
Mareko Tomniko Veu ...
Brother on Canoe
Fuata Semesi ...
Brother on Canoe
Mata Tomniko Iane ...
Brother on Canoe
Wilson Paul Tomniko ...
Brother on Canoe


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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Overall An Enjoyable Experience
13 March 2005 | by (Honolulu) – See all my reviews

Saw the film at the first theatrical release in Honolulu. I was surprised at how many people were in the audience given the type of film (inde film with subtitles). The film quality at times wasn't great (grainey and exalted). There was a Q&A after the film and there were several other Polynesians in the audience that really identified with the film, growing up on a small island and looking forward to bigger adventures in life.

There was one scene involving pigs that an audience member asked about and the thoughts of the director and how it came across weren't really in sync. His description of what he was trying to say via the visuals wasn't presented in such a way that I received that same message. The film does show some very beautiful views and vistas of the island and the people. It also gives some insight into the day to day life of people who live on a small island.

I enjoyed the film overall to get a look into other areas of the world and to see the cultures of those people. In the case of this movie, I think that mission was accomplished successfully.

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