Samoan short film Liliu surpasses 10k funding target

The new Samoan short film written and directed by Nanai Jeremiah Tauamiti, and produced by Ngaire Fuata, Liliu has surpassed its goal to raise 10,000 to help pay for post-production costs, Laumata Lauano reports


With three days left to donate the film has reached $10,300 from 120 donors who want to see the film, which is set in post WWI Samoa when Samoa was ruled by New Zealand for the British, completed.


The additional $10,300, and whatever else is donated in the next three days, will help pay for the post production costs of the film, this includes editing, colour grading, soundposting and final mastering for theatre.


Despite the film receiving a Fresh Shorts funding grant from the New Zealand Film Commission it was used towards flying over crew and the sole NZ actor to film in Samoa, along with accommodation.


It also paid for some of the equipment, some of which was also given with support from Sir Peter Jackson's WingNut films, and also Panavision who equipped them with special lenses.


According to the film’s Boosted page it was shot with a predominantly Samoan cast from Samoa, including locals helping to crew the shoot.


Liliu, which in Samoan means to turn over, or to reveal, follows Solo (played by Vito Vito of three Wise Cousins), a young man who has embraced his modern life as a translator for the Native Court, and Nua (Ana Tuisila, Sione's Wedding), 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.


Director, Jeremiah, says the film 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 die trying.


An important story to both Samoa and New Zealand, he says in the latest update on the page, the labour of which is coming to fruition all because of the kind donations from those who believe in the film.


The film’s Boosted page will remain open for the next three days and any extra donation will go towards further costs; if you would like to donate go to the page here.