On Demand

O Tamaiti

by Sima Urale
The award-winning story of a young boy who plays guardian and protector to his siblings, but even all his efforts cannot prevent the death of the new baby.
1996  ·  15m  ·  New Zealand
English, Samoan
English subs
About the Film

Seen through the eyes of 11 year old Tino, the eldest of five children in a Samoan family, the film opens with the birth of yet another baby, and Tino must cope with the added pressures and responsibilities expected of him as the eldest.

With mother and father figures who are heard but not seen, they struggle with mundane jobs, changing social values, and financial pressures in a new country. Tino must carry the weight of responsibilities, tending to the needs of his younger siblings and newborn baby with adult maturity. But even all his efforts cannot prevent the tragic cot death of his baby brother.

O TAMAITI portrays the impressions of a young boy in a powerless adult dominated world.

Distribution Availability: Canada and United States (Non-Theatrical, Community Screening); Worldwide excluding New Zealand and Australia (Internet Rights)
Upcoming Screenings

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Cinema Politica is the proud Canadian distributor of O Tamaiti. Visit our distribution catalog to learn more about the licensing options.
Festivals and Awards
1997
Sundance Film Festival, Official Selection
1996
Venice film festival, Best Short Film
1996
Asia Pacific Film Festival, Best Short Film
1996
NZ Film & TV Awards, Best Short Film
1996
Chicago International Film Festival, Silver Plaque
Director
Sima Urale
Screenplay
Sima Urale
Editor
Annie Collins
Cinematographer
Rewa Harre
Producer
Kara Paewai
Writer
Sima Urale
Cast
Harry Wendt, Therese Fatu, Charles Faanausili, Tom Andrews, Julio Meli

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