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Tanna (2015)

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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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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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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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Dolby Digital (5.1)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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The first ever Australian-made film to receive an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film. See more »

Quotes

Chief Charlie: If you want to be a good chief one day, you must move beyond revenge.
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A film everyone should watch
4 January 2017 | by TarsitiusSee all my reviews

That does not mean: A Disney cartoon for toddler and parents. Rather for a mature audience who knows about other civilizations. Not in space, but at remote places and during Paleolithic.

This film contains a rare combination of different themes: - the Romeo and Juliette drama - an ethnographic study, although it remains or must remain superficial, such that one seems to understand the cultural issues, which can hardly be possible in reality. - a nature film, with the primeval forest and a volcanic landscape as background - an escape/pursuit film (alike FIGURES IN A LANDSCAPE, but without helicopter)

Also important the depiction of living in tribes which was also our common style during most of the time of the existence of humans.

For the fugitives, a window of opportunity is opened once they meet Christians. So we get instructed which role a common belief like a universal religion has in the formation of big societies.


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