Filmfest 2016

German Age Rating

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TANNA is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for and performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu.

tags: Society, Youth/Coming of Age, Love, Nature, Feature film

Cast: Marie Wawa, Mungau Dain, Marceline Rofit, Chief Charlie Kahla, Albi Nangia


Screenplay: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler, John Collee

Director of Photography: Bentley Dean

Film Editor: Tania Michel Nehme

Composer: Antony Partos

Sound: Emma Bortignon, Martin Butler

Producer: Martin Butler, Bentley Dean, Carolyn Johnson

Production Company: Contact Films

World Sales: Visit Films

Director: Bentley Dean, Martin Butler


Martin Butler (first) and Bentley Dean (second) have made a name for themselves with aboriginal docs like CONTACT (2009) or FIRST FOOTPRINTS (2013). Bentley Dean usually operates the camera, Martin Butler records the sound – as on their first dramatic feature TANNA.