• Director Miki Magsiva

  • 16mm Short Film

  • Curious Films Limited

  • Producer Mei-Ling Wong

  • Super16mm Cooke S4 Lenses

  • 2005

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Rites of Courage

This short film written and directed by Miki Magasiva explores the rite of tatau and the coming of age of the Samoan young man in the modern age. Tatau is the original word and practice that tattoo has been derived from. Young men of Samoa undergo the rite, being tattoo'd from hips to chest in a painful, traditional ceremony.