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LOIMATA - The Sweetest Tears
Our Feature Film LOIMATA captures the powerful, final
journey of Ema Siope as she frees her family from shame and forges
a new path to peace. We invite you to help us finish the film and
join the growing community of people bringing Ema's magnificent
life to cinemas and televisions. Together we will ensure that Ema's
life is always remembered.
Ema Siope is six feet tall, a waka builder, waka captain and has
traversed the greatest ocean on the planet reviving and sharing our
voyaging history. On August 25th Ema passed away. To her last
breath she fought for peace and unity.
Ema is a wahine toa. So often, great women powerfully weave
together people, and communities but their stories remain untold.
However Ema opened her life to us. She had nothing to lose and a
pure intention in her heart:-
"If my life can encourage just one person who is lost,
then that is enough."
Ema was determined to create a future of hope. She knew how to
navigate storms and listened to the voices of her ancestors so she
would never be lost. Ema harnessed this power to re-kindle her
family's connection to Samoa and heal them from the trauma that has
kept them apart. It's a journey many wish to take but don't have
the courage to do so.
We have a beautiful feature film in the making and now we are
raising the funds necessary to get the film to the big screen. When
the lights go down in the cinema and we sit once again with our
dear friend Ema, we know her story will encourage many people - not
just here but across the world.
"She's faced more challenges than most of us could
endure and she has quietly raised a generation of Maori and
Director: Anna Marbrook
Producers: Anna Marbrook & Jim Marbrook
Executive Producers: Dr. Tamasailau Sualii-Sauni & Dame
Cultural Advisors/Faufautua faa'Samoa: Dr Ai'iloilo Elise Puni
& Dr Leulua'i'alii Laumua Tunufa'i
Associate Producers: Mike McCombie & Roger Lampen
Director of Photography: Jess Charlton
Editor: Malcolm Clarke
Composer Matthew Suttor
Supported by NZ On Air, Maori Television and DocEdge. Film made
possible by the generosity and support of the Siope aiga.