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.
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