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Monica in the South Seas

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July 1975. Monica Flaherty, daughter of Robert and Francis Flaherty, cinéma vérité pioneer Ricky Leacock and Sarah Hudson – Ricky’s student at MIT – travel to Samoa, to the island of Savai ́i. Monica’s aim is to create a perfect sound version of the silent feature film Moana (1926), directed by her parents in her childhood paradise.
Monica, Richard and Sarah record sounds scene by scene to match the initial ambience and action of Moana, “an authentic record of this dying culture”. Being alien to Samoan culture, Monica, Sarah and Ricky are soon pulled in a complex dynamics of gifts, exchange and honoring.

A Title in Original Language: Monica in the South Seas
Language: English, Samoa
Length (min): 72
Year: Q1 2023
Production Country: Finland

Director: Sami van Ingen & Mika Taanila
Producer: Jussi Eerola
Production Company: Testifilmi Oy