Samoa will be among the first in the world to see One Thousand Ropes, the second film from internationally acclaimed writer / director, Tusi Tamasese (The Orator).
The New Zealand High Commission (NZHC) is co-hosting a special event this Thursday at Apollo Cinemas, Savalalo, to premiere the film, ahead of general release in Samoa and New Zealand next week.
“We are delighted to be collaborating with Transmission Films NZ to host the stars of One Thousand Ropes in Samoa for this occasion,” said New Zealand High Commissioner, David Nicholson.
“New Zealand and Samoa have a long shared history and very close family and cultural ties. In this, the 55th year of the Treaty of Friendship, we continue to enjoy strong diplomatic, constitutional, economic, social, cultural and artistic connections between our two countries.
The One Thousand Ropes premiere is an opportunity to showcase these links — particularly across the creative industries — and provide a platform for New Zealand and Samoan artists to share their stories with a local audience,” he said.
The film, which received majority funding from the New Zealand Film Commission, was shot in Wellington, New Zealand, and the world premiere was held in February at the Berlinale Film Festival, Germany. It is a deeply moving story of family connections, redemption and new beginnings.
One Thousand Ropes is one of only three New Zealand films — and the first bilingual English–Samoan film — to have been screened in the prestigious Panorama Section of the Berlinale Film Festival, the last being No. 2, in 2006.
One Thousand Ropes will be released for general viewing in Samoa on Thursday 23 March 2017, at Apollo Cinemas.