We kicked off our Mauli Ola Virtual Gathering series with a screening of FOR MY FATHER'S KINGDOM, a 2019 film by directors Vea Mafile'o and Jeremiah Tauamiti. The film follows Vea Mafile'o's father, Saia Mafile'o, and his family as they are stretched to a breaking point by Saia's commitment and passion to God. This debut feature documentary offers a rich view of how contemporary secular families deal with the rigors of devout Christian tithing, as well as a unique insight into traditional Tongan culture. The film screening was followed by a Q&A with the directors.
This is not everyone’s story, but this is our families experience of being NZ born half-caste Tongans and how we are navigating our colliding worlds. I made this film to create a space for dialogue between the generations, so often we find it hard to understand our parents, their values, beliefs, actions, intentions especially when we have been brought up in different environments or with a mix very different cultures. We love our culture and are immensely proud of being Tongan, but it is challenging at times when there are barriers such as language and misunderstandings. This film is about having these sometimes hard and difficult conversations and finding a balance were as a family we can learn, heal and hopefully have a better understanding of one another. - Vea Mafile'o