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TANNA is based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu.
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 individual freedom.
“The film uses its 100 minutes smartly. Emotional notes are hit neatly and refreshingly.” — Globe and Mail
“Tanna is an exquisite story of survival, evolution, grief, anger and desire: not just romantic desire, but that for both revenge and peace.” — The Blue Lenses
“The scenery throughout is elemental in force: sparking lava, lapping waves, volcanic dust and gnarled kava roots create an almost mythical atmosphere.” — Arizona Republic
For more information visit the Tanna website.