Producers/Directors: A, L and T
Production Mentor: Paula Whetu Jones
Uapōifalemalu In the house of refuge: an intimate portrait of Sāmoan women in Aotearoa. Our aunties, mothers, grandmothers, our tinā. The women around us: they raise us, they nurture us, they teach us, they care for us - and they care for each other.
The film is Uapōifalemalu, a sweet, heartfelt film that welcomes viewers into a home filled with love and laughter. We hear them sing, we hear them speak, an intimate portrait of Sāmoan women in Auckland | Tāmaki Makaurau, of sisterhood and friendship.
Uapōifalemalu translates to “a night in the house of refuge” and is the name of a grandmother to one of the film-makers, and mother to two of the women who in the film. Subtitles are provided in English and Sāmoan.
Uapōifalemalu was produced and directed by Crooked Fence Films and Brown Paper Ink. It is one of the Someday Stories series of sustainability-focused short films by emerging young film-makers from Aotearoa New Zealand.
Someday Stories are produced by Connected Media with support from NZ On Air, The Body Shop, Te Māngai Pāho and the New Zealand Film Commission in association with Stuff, Māori Television on Demand, The Wireless, and the Coconet.tv.