A night in with Sima Urale
Arts collective Kava Club celebrates New Zealand filmmaker Sima Urale, 21 years after the release of her acclaimed film, O Tamaiti. Sima based the film on her own experiences, and the family tragedy is told from the perspective of children. The short, black and white, Samoan language film challenged many Pacific Island stereotypes. Now, Nga Taonga Sound and Vision is marking the film's 21st anniversary with a screening, discussion and party as part of the Siapo Cinema 2017 - An Oceania Film Festival in Wellington. Sima tells Lynn Freeman why O Tamaiti was so ground-breaking.