O TAMAITI – Die Kinder

Sima Urale
New Zealand, Samoa 1996 | 15 Min. | 35 mm, OmeU

Sima Urale’s film O TAMAITI por­trays dif­fi­cul­ties expe­ri­enced by Poly­ne­sian people migrat­ing to Aotearoa New Zealand. Through an explo­ration of her own Samoan cul­ture, Urale address­es issues of finan­cial hard­ship as well as prob­lems asso­ci­at­ed with living between cul­tures. The film’s nar­ra­tive begins with a new birth in the family and ends with a death. It fol­lows the chil­dren’s daily rou­tines, punc­tu­at­ed with instances of anx­i­ety, but also jovial sib­ling familiarity.