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Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mungau Dain ... Dain
Marie Wawa ... Wawa
Marceline Rofit ... Selin
Charlie Kahla ... Chief Charlie
Albi Nangia Albi Nangia ... Grandfather and Shaman
Lingai Kowia ... Father
Dadwa Mungau Dadwa Mungau ... Grandmother
Linette Yowayin Linette Yowayin ... Mother
Kapan Cook Kapan Cook ... Kapan Cook
Mungau Yokay Mungau Yokay ... Peacemaking Chief
Mikum Tainakou ... Imedin Chief
Charlie Kahla Junior Charlie Kahla Junior ... Yakel Tribe
Nakou Pia Nakou Pia ... Yakel Tribe
Chifan Benata Chifan Benata ... Yakel Tribe
George Nayun George Nayun ... Yakel Tribe
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Set on a remote Pacific island, covered in rain forest and dominated by an active volcano, this heartfelt story, enacted by the Yakel tribe, tells of a sister's loyalty, a forbidden love affair and the pact between the old ways and the new.

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Two tribes. One love.


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Country:

Australia | Vanuatu

Language:

Aboriginal

Release Date:

10 March 2016 (Netherlands) See more »

Also Known As:

Taboo See more »

Filming Locations:

Tanna, Vanuatu See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$5,711, 16 September 2016, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$5,711, 16 September 2016
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Contact Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

The first ever Australian-made film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

Quotes

Wawa: I've missed you. You've been away too long.
Dain: You're all grown up now. A beautiful butterfly.
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Featured in The Oscars (2017) See more »

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A tale as old as time
14 February 2017 | by MOscarbradleySee all my reviews

In some respects this film reminded me of Murnau's "Tabu". It hails from Australia, (and is the Australian entry for this year's Best Foreign Film Oscar), but is actually set on the remote Pacific island of Tanna among the Yakel tribe and tells of the forbidden love between Wawa and Dain, the son of the chief. Gorgeously shot in the rain forests of Tanna, which is part of Vanuatu, and on an active volcano, it has the feel of a documentary, (the cast are non-professionals), but is constructed like a thriller with a touch of 'Romeo and Juliet' thrown in. It was co-directed by Martin Butler, (it marks his feature debut), and its cinematographer Bentley Dean and there is a harshness at play that belies the beauty of the locations though there is also a degree of humour too. The problem with the picture is that the material is old-hat, however exotic the setting. As a certain song says, this is a tale as old as time but it's redeemed, in this instance, by the treatment.


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