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The land has eyes

A captivating saga of one girl's mustering up the heroic spirit of her heritage to confront the modern world. Set on the remote island of Rotuma in the South Pacific, it's a visually entrancing work, capturing the pristine beauty of those luscious climes and cluing us in to a culture that has been defiled in many ways by European colonisation. At once an illuminating ethnography of a remarkable people, The Land Has Eyes is most satisfyingly a tale of triumph and assertion. It focuses on Viki (Sapeta Taito), an industrious Rotuman teen who aspires to someday win a scholarship to Fiji. Strong-minded, which is not considered a virtue by the women in her family as well as her peers, Viki takes it upon herself to do what her more traditional parents cannot accomplish. In essence, she crosses cultural boundaries when she stands up for her father's good name, and she transcends female expectations when she strives to achieve her highly personal goals
DVD Video, English, 2005
Te Maka Productions : Ronin Films [distributor], Canberra, 2005
1 DVD (87 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
In Rotuman and English with English subtitles
Sepata Taito, Rena Owen, Voi Fesaitu and Elisapeti Kafonika Inia.
Credits: Writer/director, Vilsoni Hereniko.