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The Land Has Eyes (2004)

Pear ta ma 'on maf (original title)
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.


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

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Encore! I want MORE!
13 March 2005 | by hawaiiannewsSee all my reviews

As a Polynesian of Hawai'i, I am of course very supportive of Polynesian actors, actresses, and directors gaining exposure and fame in the international arena of theater and movies.

It is way overdue for the people of our region to be recognized for our deeper sense of beauty, which lies more in the depth of our eyes than the swaying of our hips.

As this film portrays, we have traditional cultural values and customs in our heritage which lie at the core of our beauty, which has managed to survive in some of us, and yet not others.

After nearly two centuries of colonization and absorption by foreign cultures, it is amazing that the spirit in our eyes and in the land still shines!

To produce this film was no small task due to logistics and funding, but it also was very brave to take the risk of being possibly scorned by the director's ancestral villagers.

In real life as well as seen in this film, the bitterness in the eyes of those who scorn "the old ways" of religion; are also likely to scorn "the new ways" of taking risks and initiatives.

I salute this film for bringing our focus to this unspoken struggle and the beauty of the main character who symbolizes a crucial cultural and spiritual link to the past and to the future, except I want MORE. I want more of the director's talent; and more of the main character's spiritual strength; and more exposure to the depth of our culture.

Are there investors interested in films that show natives thriving beyond surviving?

Imagine if she would go on to a university in New Zealand and become a professor of environmental law, who teaches the values of traditional knowledge and provides the means for livelihoods on Rotuma based on traditional cultural practices of caring for the land?

What if she were to also develop artistic talents and sculpt a large statue of "Warrior Mother" and place it in the middle of the village (by the Christian church ) and dedicate it with proper traditional spiritual ceremonies and have all the villagers join in chanting without fear of hell and damnation...now wouldn't that move us all onto another level of greatness?

We all deserve MORE.

Encore! Encore! Hana Hou! We want MORE.

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