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Compare ''Film/{{Tabu}}'', a silent film from 1931, set in Polynesia rather than Melanesia, but with a similar theme of forbidden romance and flight.


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* StarCrossedLovers: Wawa and Dain wind up killing themselves after finally realizing there's no way for them to be together.

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* KarmaHoudini: The Imedin tribesmen who assault Wawa's grandfather and start the whole tragic cycle never suffer for it.


* BasedOnATrueStory: The opening title claims that the film is based on a true incident.

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* BasedOnATrueStory: The opening title claims that the film is based on a true incident.incident that occurred in 1987.
* BittersweetEnding: Wawa and Dain kill themselves. But the tragedy leads the tribe to adopt marriage for love as a custom, and the mood for the future is hopeful.



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* DancePartyEnding
* DrivenToSuicide

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* DancePartyEnding
DancePartyEnding: A rather unconventional one, as the members of the tribe dance and sing after the tragedy leads them to decide to allow "love marriage".
* DrivenToSuicideDrivenToSuicide: Wawa and Dain kill themselves by eating poison mushrooms, rather than being split apart.



* NationalGeographicNudity: Lots and lots. The men wear only "penis sheaths" and the women wear only grass skirts.

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* NationalGeographicNudity: Lots and lots. The men wear only "penis sheaths" and the women wear only grass skirts. (Wawa and some of the other younger women sometimes wear a sort of grass vest as well.)



* TogetherInDeath

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* TogetherInDeathTogetherInDeath: Wawa and Dain are found dead on the lip of the volcano, still nestled together, having both eaten poison mushrooms.

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* DancePartyEnding


** The poisonous mushrooms which grow on trees, first pointed out to Selin by her grandfather as a warning. Dain picks some after he's thrown out of the tribe.

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** The poisonous mushrooms which grow on trees, first pointed out to Selin by her grandfather as a warning. Dain picks some after he's thrown out of the tribe. Eventually he and Wawa eat them.



* DrivenToSuicide



* SceneryPorn: ''Good God''. A visit to "Yahul", aka [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Yasur Mount Yasur]], an active volcano, stands out.

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* SceneryPorn: ''Good God''. A visit to "Yahul", aka [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Yasur Mount Yasur]], an active volcano, stands out.out.
* TogetherInDeath


** The Christian church on the island, which Selin's grandfather shows her as part of a talk about corrupting foreign influences. Dain and Wawa flee to there after the tribe demands that she enter into an ArrangedMarriage.

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** The Christian church on the island, which Selin's grandfather shows her as part of a talk about corrupting foreign influences. Dain and Wawa flee to there after the tribe demands that she enter into an ArrangedMarriage. After the Christians's fervent piety gives them the creeps, Dain and Wawa leave.


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* IronicJuxtaposition: As Wawa and Dain eat wild honey from a honeycomb, they pronouce that "life is sweet". The film then cuts to a closeup of the bees on the honeycomb, accompanied by angry buzzing. The next closeup shows the men of the tribe racing through the jungle, on the hunt for Wawa and Dain.


Wawa is a young woman of the Yakel tribe, living on the island of Tanna in UsefulNotes/{{Vanuatu}}. She is blossoming into adulthood, and thus is being prepared for marriage. According to local custom, or rather "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kastom kastom]]", village chiefs will match her up with a suitable husband. When the enemy Imedin tribe attacks Wawa's grandfather, fighting breaks out. Eventually the chief pledges Wawa to an Imedin warrior in order to make peace.

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Wawa is a young woman of the Yakel tribe, living on the island of Tanna in UsefulNotes/{{Vanuatu}}. She is blossoming into adulthood, and thus is being prepared for marriage. According to local custom, or rather "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kastom kastom]]", Charlie the village chiefs chief will match her up with a suitable husband. When the enemy Imedin tribe attacks Wawa's grandfather, fighting breaks out. Eventually the chief pledges Wawa to an Imedin warrior in order to make peace.


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* CycleOfRevenge: DiscussedTrope, as the elders of the tribe are desperate to end the violence with the Imedin.
--> '''Charlie''': We can't allow the cycle of killing to begin again.


However, what no one knows--no one except for Wawa's inquisitive younger sister Selin, that is--is that Wawa is in love with handsome Dain, grandson of their tribe's chief. They have been engaging in clandestine meetings in the jungle, with Selin occasionally spying on them. The lovers resolve to stay together, no matter what.

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However, what no one knows--no one except for Wawa's inquisitive younger sister Selin, that is--is that Wawa is in love with handsome Dain, grandson of their tribe's chief. They have been engaging in clandestine meetings in the jungle, with Selin occasionally spying on them. The lovers resolve to stay together, no matter what.
what, even as their tribal elders demand that Wawa submit to them and enter into her arranged marriage, in accordance with village custom.



** The Christian church on the island, which Selin's grandfather shows her as part of a talk about corrupting foreign influences.

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** The Christian church on the island, which Selin's grandfather shows her as part of a talk about corrupting foreign influences. Dain and Wawa flee to there after the tribe demands that she enter into an ArrangedMarriage.


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* OneWomanWail: Heard on the soundtrack at various emotional moments, like when Dain takes off for the volcano after he's thrown out of the tribe, or when Wawa meets him there after fleeing.
* ThePlace: The island of Tanna in Vanuatu.


* ChekhovsGun: The Christian church on the island, which Selin's grandfather shows her as part of a talk about corrupting foreign influences.

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* ChekhovsGun: ChekhovsGun:
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The Christian church on the island, which Selin's grandfather shows her as part of a talk about corrupting foreign influences.influences.
** The poisonous mushrooms which grow on trees, first pointed out to Selin by her grandfather as a warning. Dain picks some after he's thrown out of the tribe.


Wawa is a young woman of the Yakel tribe, living on the island of Tanna in UsefulNotes/{{Vanuatu}}. She is blossoming into adulthood, and thus is being prepared for marriage. According to local custom, or rather "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kastom kastom]]", village chiefs will match her up with a suitable husband. When violence breaks out between Wawa's tribe and another nearby tribe, the chief pledges her in marriage to a warrior from the neighbor tribe.

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Wawa is a young woman of the Yakel tribe, living on the island of Tanna in UsefulNotes/{{Vanuatu}}. She is blossoming into adulthood, and thus is being prepared for marriage. According to local custom, or rather "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kastom kastom]]", village chiefs will match her up with a suitable husband. When violence breaks out between the enemy Imedin tribe attacks Wawa's tribe and another nearby tribe, grandfather, fighting breaks out. Eventually the chief pledges her in marriage Wawa to a an Imedin warrior from the neighbor tribe.
in order to make peace.


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* SceneryPorn: ''Good God''.

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* SceneryPorn: ''Good God''. A visit to "Yahul", aka [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_Yasur Mount Yasur]], an active volcano, stands out.

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''Tanna'' is a 2015 film from UsefulNotes/{{Australia}}, directed by Martin Butler and Bentley Dean.

Wawa is a young woman of the Yakel tribe, living on the island of Tanna in UsefulNotes/{{Vanuatu}}. She is blossoming into adulthood, and thus is being prepared for marriage. According to local custom, or rather "[[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kastom kastom]]", village chiefs will match her up with a suitable husband. When violence breaks out between Wawa's tribe and another nearby tribe, the chief pledges her in marriage to a warrior from the neighbor tribe.

However, what no one knows--no one except for Wawa's inquisitive younger sister Selin, that is--is that Wawa is in love with handsome Dain, grandson of their tribe's chief. They have been engaging in clandestine meetings in the jungle, with Selin occasionally spying on them. The lovers resolve to stay together, no matter what.

Shot on location on the island of Tanna, with a cast exclusively made up of people who live in the area, playing roles similar to what they really are in RealLife (a chief plays a chief, a shaman plays a shaman, etc). All the dialogue is in the local language of [[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southwest_Tanna_language Nivhaal]], which allowed ''Tanna'' to be the first Australian production to get an Oscar nomination for Best Foreign Language Film.

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* ArrangedMarriage: How young people of the Yakel are supposed to get married. Wawa is not on board.
* BasedOnATrueStory: The opening title claims that the film is based on a true incident.
* ChekhovsGun: The Christian church on the island, which Selin's grandfather shows her as part of a talk about corrupting foreign influences.
* GoneSwimmingClothesStolen: Maybe not as big a deal when everyone is mostly naked anyway, but a boy of the tribe is greatly annoyed when Selin steals his penis sheath.
* NationalGeographicNudity: Lots and lots. The men wear only "penis sheaths" and the women wear only grass skirts.
* SceneryPorn: ''Good God''.

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