The matriarch of a large Polynesian family lies bedridden and silent, unable or unwilling to speak after a long illness. When a family crisis strikes, Nan Maria gets unexpected help as she struggles to reunite her fractured family.
Jeremiah Tauamiti - Director
Jerry is a New Zealand-born Samoan raised in Christchurch. Jerry graduated from the New Zealand Broadcasting School and works as a director and camera operator for national Pasiﬁka programmes, including Tagata Pasiﬁka, Fresh and The Coconet. He is a member of Goodfellas, the team chose six times by Sir Peter Jackson as Wild Card ﬁnalists in NZ’s 48 Hours Film Festival. Jerry runs acting and directing workshops with community groups, and founded Paciﬁc Islands ﬁlm festivals in Melbourne and Tonga.
Karin Williams - Producer
Karin began her career as a journalist on the South Paciﬁc island of Rarotonga and went on to work for broadcast networks in New Zealand and the United States, where she wrote, produced and directed award-winning programming for US and international television. Karin’s independent ﬁlm projects have screened at festivals around the world. Now based in Aotearoa (New Zealand), Karin continues to champion indigenous stories through her work as an independent producer and development executive.
Taofia Pelesasa - Writer
Taoﬁa is an actor and writer from Rotorua in New Zealand’s central North Island, now living in Sydney. His ﬁrst international performance was with the New Zealand Young Shakespeare Company, performing Antony and Cleopatra at London’s Globe Theatre in 2006. Fia graduated from Auckland’s Unitec School of Performing and Screen Arts with a degree in screen performance, and has appeared in television programs and theatre productions in New Zealand, Australia and Edinburgh. Maria is his third short ﬁlm script.
Most Popular Film Award - 2017 PBS Online Film Festival