To mark the Treaty of Friendship signed fifty years ago between New Zealand and Samoa, the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade has collaborated with the New Zealand Film Commission and most of New Zealand’s finest film and TV producers and distributors to provide a gift to the people of Samoa.
Samoa’s TV3 will screen 28 hours of high quality films and television programmes featuring New Zealanders and Samoans working together as actors, writers and directors. The festival will run every night between 9 pm and 11 pm between 18 July and 1 August.
“ I am delighted to announce that New Zealand producers of film and TV programmes are giving their best work, at no cost, for Samoans to enjoy in the last two weeks of July,” says New Zealand High Commissioner Nick Hurley. “Even more important, it shows what happens when Samoan talent and New Zealand creative expertise unite to produce great comedy, drama and documentaries .”
Films such as Sione’s Wedding, The Orator and classics like Albert Wendt’s Flying Fox in the Freedom Tree will be shown every night between 18 July and 1 August. Archival footage of Independence Day 1962 will also be shown, along with TV comedy shows such as the Laughing Samoans and episodes from Skitz and the Selisi Family – as riotously funny now as they were almost 20 years ago.