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For My Father's Kingdom Unclassified 15+

Language: Tongan with English subtitles

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New Zealand filmmaker Vea Mafile’o contemplates the competing forces of faith and family in the most intimate and personal way – by examining her ageing Tongan father’s unrelenting commitment to his church, as well as the connection that it represents to his ancestral culture.

Co-directed with fellow first-time feature director Jeremiah Tauamiti, For My Father’s Kingdom is a work of interrogation and reconciliation, bridging generational and cultural divides within a fractured family.

Now in his seventies, semi-retired preacher Saia Mafile’o left Tonga behind decades ago – physically, but not emotionally, spiritually or financially. There’s no odd job that he won’t take to supplement his pension cheques, with every spare cent tithed to his Wesleyan church. Frustrated by their father’s devotion to a far-flung religious institution, and the impact it has had on their lives, Vea and her brother Robert make the pilgrimage to his homeland in an effort to comprehend his actions and motivations.

“A very personal insight into Tongan culture … an attempt, out of love, to understand a father whose upbringing was very different from their own.” – The Movie Isle

Guests: Vea Mafile'o

Tickets

3751
Thu 15 Aug 6:30 pm [3751]
Kino 1 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
3831
Sat 17 Aug 11:00 am [3831]
Kino 1 Assisted ListeningWheelchair Access
Past event
This session is bookable on a pass

To book a wheelchair space or to advise of other access requirements, please contact Box Office on (03) 8660 4898 or email boxoffice@miff.com.au
Featured Subjects
Saia Mafile'o, Vea Mafile'o
Director
Vea Mafile'o
Producers
Jeremiah Tauamiti, Vea Mafile'o
Screenwriter
Vea Mafile'o
Cinematographer
Jeremiah Tauamiti
Format
Digital
Company Credit
Distributor: Rialto Distribution

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