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    One Thousand Ropes

    Directed by Tusi Tamasese
    New Zealand | 98 minutes | New Voices New Visions

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    One Thousand Ropes

    Directed by Tusi Tamasese
    New Zealand | 98 minutes | New Voices New Visions

  • View Trailer

    One Thousand Ropes

    Directed by Tusi Tamasese
    New Zealand | 98 minutes | New Voices New Visions

  • View Trailer

    One Thousand Ropes

    Directed by Tusi Tamasese
    New Zealand | 98 minutes | New Voices New Visions

Maea, a solitary Samoan man in New Zealand has a day job as a baker but a true calling as a traditional midwife. This quietly dignified, intimate film shows a father striving to heal his past transgressions one baby, one batch of dough, at a time.

Schedule

January 7, 2018 5:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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January 12, 2018 1:00 PM Mary Pickford is D'Place Tickets not available
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January 13, 2018 12:00 PM Regal Cinemas Tickets not available
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film synopsis

The past and present, the real and the imagined occupy the same space in this quietly dignified, intimate film about a solitary man striving to heal his past transgressions by assisting in bringing new lives into the world.

A middle-aged Samoan man living in New Zealand, Maea’s human interactions are limited to his fellow bakery employees and the pregnant women who come to him for traditional massage and midwifery. His strong hands, which once destroyed opponents in the boxing ring, now knead dough and soothe mothers-to-be, but his guilt and remorse over his own family’s fate haunt him daily. The arrival of Maea’s pregnant daughter offers a chance at atonement, and illuminates the clash between the old ways and the new, through both language and sensibilities.

Tusi Tamasese’s bewitching, atmospheric film is a story of generations and modernization, of a father striving to redeem himself with each insightful massage, each perfect batch of dough.

In competition for the New Voices New Visions Award and the FIPRESCI Prize.

film details

Country: New Zealand
Year: 2017
Running Time: 98 minutes
Language: Samoan, English, Maori and Cambodian
Subtitles: Yes
Director: Tusi Tamasese
Producers: Catherine Fitzgerald
Principal Cast: Frankie Adams, Uelese Petaia, Sima Urale, Beulah Koale, Ene Petaia
Cinematographers: Leon Narbey
Editor: Annie Collins
Music: Tim Prebble
Screenwriter: Tusi Tamasese
International Sales Company: Mongrel International

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