Preview, 2016 International Film Festival Rotterdam. Tanna is a beautifully filmed Romeo and Juliet story, based on real events within one of the last traditional tribes on the island of Tanna in the South Pacific. At the last Venice Film Festival, the movie won awards including the Fedeora Award for Best Cinematography.
A young woman named Wawa falls in love with Dain, the chieftain’s grandson. Wawa and Dain belong to the same tribe but Wawa’s marriage has been arranged in order to reconcile a violent ongoing tribal war. In one of the film’s many beautiful sequences matching quietly drawn performances with achingly screen-swelling backgrounds, a young girl Selin walks with her grandfather, the village shaman through a pink-purple mist. The young lovers run away, and are chased by enemy warriors who want to kill them. Will they choose love, or will they opt for the values and fate of their own tribe?
On the island of Tanna, the Yakel people in the forested, mountainous region near an active volcano still live according to tradition. Despite contact with the modern world, they have managed to retain their language, religion and social structure.
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