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The Los Angeles World Affairs Council, in partnership with the Australian Consulate General in Los Angeles and Australians in Film, invites you to a screening of Australia's 2017 Nominee for Best Foreign Language Film, Tanna.
On the lush tropical island of Tanna the conviction of two star-crossed lovers will change their tribe's culture forever. Wawa, being readied for the ceremony that will recognize her as a grown woman, is in love with the handsome grandson of the tribal chief. When, as part of an effort to resolve island hostilities, Wawa is betrothed to a man from another tribe, she must choose between loyalty to her clan and her own heart.
This visually breathtaking film is the first to be shot entirely on the island nation of Vanuatu. Directors Bentley Dean and Martin Butler lived with the Yakel people for months to learn their culture, develop the film's story, and find their cast among natives who had never seen a movie or a camera before. Tanna is Australia's first nomination for Best Foreign Language Film at the 89th Academy Awards.
After the screening, directors Bentley Dean and Martin Butler along with actors Linga Kowia (Father) and Marceline Rofit (Selin) will participate in a Q&A session moderated by Oscar-winning documentary filmmaker Eva Orner.
Directors Bentley Dean and Martin Butler are Australian directors, producers, and filmmakers. They have made a number of films together including First Footprints, Tanna, and Sense of Self.
Academy and Emmy award winner Eva Orner is an Australian filmmaker based in Los Angeles. Eva's latest film is the AACTA award-winning documentary Chasing Asylum, which she directed and produced. The film tackles Australia's treatment of refugees and asylum seekers over the past 15 years, focusing on offshore detention.
To view the trailer for this film, please click here
Language: Nauvhal with English subtitles
Runtime: 1 hr 40 minutes
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