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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 ... See full summary »

Director:

Yvonne Mackay

Writers:

Joy Cowley (novel), Ian Mune
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
George Henare ... Paui Te Po
Pat Evison Pat Evison ... Luisa
Teraki Tokorangi Teraki Tokorangi ... Baby Jonasi
Turi Tama Turi Tama ... Baby Jonasi
Anzac Wallace ... Tasiri
Rongo Tupatea Kahu Rongo Tupatea Kahu ... Taruga
Telo Malase Telo Malase ... Jonasi
Joe Pahali Joe Pahali ... Etika
Rangi Staski Rangi Staski ... Tomasi
Roy Staski Roy Staski ... Matiu
Reg Ruka Reg Ruka ... Bulai
Mana Kuroraki Mana Kuroraki ... Kohl
Douglas Hosking Douglas Hosking ... Manu
Mareta Tane Mareta Tane ... Hene
Mabel Wharekawa Mabel Wharekawa ... Marama
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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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adrift | baby | village | island | turtle | See All (13) »

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A Moving story Of Superstition and Ignorance, Reason and Love. See more »


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Official Sites:

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Country:

New Zealand

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 October 1985 (Finland) See more »

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A csend fia See more »

Filming Locations:

Pacific Ocean See more »

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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color
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A DC3 airplane engine was used so simulate powerful winds in a dramatic storm sequence. See more »

Quotes

[first lines, Paui notices that the baby named Jonasi from the sea]
Paui Te Po: You embrace your own death! It is a demon from the sea! Flow it back!
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Story of handicapped boy becoming friends with a turtle
5 January 2000 | by raklaschkaSee 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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