Marks of Mana


Marks of Mana

4 pM saturday 29 JUNE

4 pm MARKS OF MANA – Director Lisa Tauoma, Feature Documentary – also screening with this feature will be Salamasina’s Daughters (Aruna Poching, short doc)


Director Aruna Po-Ching, 14 min NZ 2018 Short Documentary

Salamasina’s Daughters is set in South Auckland, New Zealand, following two Samoan female chiefs, specifically orators, tulafale, a role traditionally for men only. Aruna Po-Ching follows a 73-year old grandmother and a cultural language teacher and we discover their challenges when speaking as a tulafale and what they are doing with their chief titles to serve their family and community.


Director Lisa Taouma, 56 min, Western Samoa, NZ, 2018

Of all of the art of the skin in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (the Pacific Ocean), the markings for women have been given the least attention. Yet Tatau Fafine is imbued with mana and meanings which reach back through time to the very origins of Pacific tatau history.

The film looks at a number of women who are now reclaiming the art of tatau for themselves, as well as for the memories of their ancestors. The result is a celebration of the wave of female tatau artists that is now turning the tides of the male-dominated culture of Pacific tattooing.

From the two tatau goddesses who brought the art to Samoa to the practice of marking women in Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Aotearoa, Lisa Taouma’s film explores these ancient symbols, their meanings and their relevance for today’s Polynesian women.

Marks of Mana won Best NZ Cinematography, and received a Special Mention in the NZ Feature category, at the Doc Edge Awards 2019.