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Film / The Orator

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The Orator is a 2011 Samoan and New Zealand film written by Tusi Tamasese. It is the first ever Samoan feature film, entirely shot in Samoa, in the Samoan language, with a Samoan cast and story. The film was selected as the New Zealand entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 84th Academy Awards, but it did not make the shortlist.

The main character, Saili, a taro farmer and dwarf, must find the strength to defend his land and family, which are threatened by powerful adversaries. He ultimately attempts to reclaim his father's chiefly status, even if the current ageing village chief does not believe he has the physique or the oratory skill required.


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