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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
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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






USA | Fiji


Rotuman | English

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January 2004 (USA) See more »

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Fiji's official submission to the 2006 Academy Awards. See more »

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13 July 2004 | by kennynicelySee all my reviews

I saw this film at the Rotterdam Festival, as did presumably all the other voters. The Director was present and seemed to have worked very hard and be very committed to the project, which I think explains the above average reception and mark it got. It's most similar to a feature length episode of Aussie kids favourite "Round the Twist" but it takes itself too seriously to have even that redeeming feature. The movie in itself is maybe worth seeing if you're trying to do a cinematic world tour visiting all UN member states, as I can't think of another Fijian movie but overall it was generic, poorly acted (albeit by an amateur cast) and prey to the subaltern mentality. The moral of the story seemed to be that native islanders will try and screw each other over, but as long as there is an essentially decent white governor to step in, all problems can be solved (by leaving the island).

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