As a war rages on in the province of Bougainville in Papua New Guinea, a young girl becomes transfixed by the Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations, which is being read at school by the only white man in the village.

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Matilda Naimo (as Xzannjah)
Healesville Joel ...
Dolores Naimo
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Pip
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David Kaumara ...
PNG Officer
Kausibona Mel ...
Daniel
Sam Simiha ...
Sam
Marcellin Ampa'oi ...
Joseph Naimo
Dominic Itta ...
Mr. Masoi
Grace Maibu ...
Mrs. Siau
Marcella Itta ...
Mabel
Ivan Siovate ...
Christopher
Cindy Tibola ...
Violet
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Mr Watts is the only white man left on the island after the blockade. He opens the school and introduces the children the 'Great Expectations.' Matilda, the teenage narrator finds comfort in the story of a Victorian orphan when her own world is falling apart. The Redskins, an army sent to destroy the local rebels are getting closer. Matilda writes 'Pip' in the sand. This simple act leads to terrible consequences when the Redskins suspect Pip to be a rebel leader and demand he be brought before them. Written by Jan Killengray

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When they need hope, he gave them Great Expectations. Fiction can be dangerous in times of war.

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Rated PG-13 for disturbing situations involving violence and threat, and for some mature thematic material and brief language | See all certifications »

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3 October 2013 (New Zealand)  »

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Based of the award winning book Mister Pip by Lloyd Jones See more »

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Dolores Naimo: That's a white man's name. No, Matilda, you heard wrong. Pop-Eye is the last white man around here. There's no others.
Matilda Naimo: But Mr Watts says there is.
Dolores Naimo: Hey, Leola!
[in Papuan]
Dolores Naimo: You heard of some white man called Mr. Dickens around here?
Leola: [in Papuan] No, but I do know some Mr. Dickheads.
[everybody laughs]
Leola: You see them everywhere!
Dolores Naimo: [in Papuan] Well, Matilda, if you see this Mr. Dickens, tell him to come fix our generator.
Mrs. Kauona: [in Papuan] And tell him he can stay at my place, if he's got some rice!
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Referenced in The Tonight Show with Jay Leno: Episode #20.10 (2011) See more »

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To The Land of the Rising Sun
Written and performed by Peter Garuai
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Beautiful
24 April 2014 | by (Budapest) – See all my reviews

In few words: food for thought! Shocked me in good and bad kinds too. As I watched I cried and laughed at the same time.

A beautiful and sad story about both sides of humanity. Good persons with kindness and faith and fantasy, and bad ones with ignorance and malice and guns. Love versus hate. Like many countries in the World. But we need to believe in love. This movie what must see... must see with your loved ones and family and friends! Hugh Laurie was fantastic as always, and Xzannjah impressed me with her natural talent. and I think I want to read the book by Dickens' Great Expectations.

Thank you very much for the creators of this movie miracle!


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