- Sun 9 May 2021
- Len Lye Cinema
- Rating: M
- Free entry
- All welcome | Booking recommended
- Free entry tickets will be re-allocated to waiting customers five minutes after screening start time
- Hearing loop provided for the hearing impaired
- Wheelchair spaces available. Free entry for a companion to assist an audience member who has a disability. Companion seat is automatically allocated when a wheelchair space is booked
Sapepe is a young Samoan living a life of defiance - against the old ways, and against his father's search for money and success
On the Samoan island of Sapepe, the rebellious, pranksterish young Pepe (Faifua Amiga) rejects his imported Christianity and declares himself a descendant of the old gods, setting himself on a path of alienation and conflict. In this excerpt, he leads a burglary of his father's store and burns down a church on the streets of Apia. Adapted from two works by Albert Wendt and shot with a local and largely amateur crew, Martyn Sanderson's first feature is emboldened by vivid cinematography and Kingpin-star Amiga's unforced charisma in the lead role.
"First time director Sanderson scrums into the hefty themes with gusto ... the film has a passion and vigour that live in the mind long after you've seen it."
– Rachel Lang in Onfilm, 1990
1989 | NZ | 92 min | Dir. Martyn Sanderson