Liliu is a new short film written and directed by Nanai Jeremiah
Tauamiti, and produced by Ngaire Fuata.
"I'm still at a loss for words. Malo
sa'ili malo". (Tuiasau Uelese Petaia - Actor)
"It was a very special shoot, and I think we all know we were
part of something v special". (Peter Hayden - Actor )
"The Actors and Extras who brought the truth to this film, your
Mana will shine bright on the big screen" (Dave Perret - Liliu crew
LILIU, in Samoan means to turn over, or to reveal. For those
involved in this film, our goal is to reveal the hidden heroes of
our past, seldom heard of, or learned. To know that the very ground
we stand on, be it in Samoa, Aotearoa, or anywhere else in the
world, is built on strong Pacific women, men, and children, who
gave their lives for us to speak the truth of who we are as a
people. Liliu is made and supported by film makers and actors who
believe in being the rightful owners, and tellers of our stories,
and we are proud of our crew made up of many nationalities that
have helped make this story a true 'village raised' film.
Liliu is the story of two very different Samoans during a time
when Samoa was ruled by New Zealand post WW1. Solo, a young man who
has embraced his modern life as a translator for the Native Court,
and Nua, a traditional older woman Chief who finds herself awaiting
trial. Solo carries out his duties translating for his countrymen
who cannot speak English, but manipulates the truth thinking his
lies will do him favours with a judge who is bent on destroying
Samoan traditional customs. When Nua's grand-children arrive at the
courthouse, all hell breaks loose, and the lives of Solo and Nua
will never be the same.
Liliu is about being brave enough to not only stand up for
yourself, but for those you love who do not have a voice. It's
about being brave enough to speak the truth in your own country or
We have received a Fresh Shorts funding grant from the New Zealand
Film Commission who believe in this story and the film makers. But
the grant has been used already towards flying over our crew and
sole NZ actor to film in Samoa, and our accommodation. It also paid
for some of our equipment, some of which was also given to us with
support from Sir Peter Jackson's WingNut films, and also Panavision
who equipped us with special lenses. We're proud also to have a
predominantly Samoan cast from Samoa, with locals also helping to
crew our shoot. However, we're only half way there after a very
successful shoot in tough wet conditions.
We need your support to raise an additional $10,000 to help pay
for the post production costs of Liliu. It sounds like a big amount
but we believe that with the "can do" village mentality that we've
adopted so far we can make it. So many believe in this film - we
If you believe in helping to give a voice to our film makers and
actors whose stories are seldom told, then help us to reveal the
changing face of Aotearoa-Samoan film making and present our
stories to the world!
The money raised from your Boosted donations will go directly
- Editing of our film
- Colour grading
- Final mastering for theatre.
As donors, you'll be part of our Liliu aiga (family) and be kept
up to date with our progress and how your money is being used to
make OUR film. We'll update you with behind the scenes footage and
pics of the Liliu journey. We'll also keep you in the
loop with all the progress, and you get to view all the behind the
scenes photos and videos as well!
Malo lava, kia ora, thank you,
Nanai Jeremiah, and Ngaire.
Radio NZ interviews Liliu cast and director!
1 DAY AGO
Hear from our lead actors Vito and Ana as they speak about the importance of our film for the Pacific and Women. We hope you enjoy this interview and we'd like to acknowledge Sela Aholelei at the Pacific division with Radion New Zealand. If you enjoy it please share to help spread the word family, many thanks! And if you're a parent, or a child then enjoy the last weekend of school holidays!
Don't forget to share - soifua!
Behind the scenes
3 DAYS AGO
We are very grateful for the support so far - thank you!!
Here's a little something of the action behind the scenes, with film-maker and our camera assistant for Liliu, Samson Rambo. Our energizer man!
1 WEEK AGO
Thank you so much to those who kicked off our boosted campaign! We know how easy it is to say "I'll donate later", or "They'll be right they don't need our help", but you guys made a choice to actively help out and the Liliu aiga welcomes your support and will look to honour your commitment. Faafetai lava and we'll talk soon. manuia lava le po.
Below is one of the pics that helped to inspire our discussions with wardrobe and make up, and art department.