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Samoa - I Can Get Another Wife But I Can't Get Any Parents

This film follows a young Samoan family as they prepare to emigrate to New Zealand.
Series : Human Face of the Pacific | Episode : 6 | Year : 1983 | Total Duration : 28 Minutes | Producer : Dennis O'Rourke (Series Producer), Ian Adkins (Assistant Producer)
Director : Graham Chase |
VS young Samoan man, Ene Taefu from Si'ufaga village, in telephone booth waiting to be connected to operator. MS Ene talking to camera about the difficulty he's having trying to contact his family. CUs of Ene loading gun and VS shooting into tree tops then WS walking through forest clearing. Pan to his extended family working in the fields.
Access No. 136708 | 1 min 41 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS Samoan family of Ene Taefu from Si'ufaga village chopping away vegetation on his plantation with machetes. GS timber being carried in two baskets hanging at either end of stick over man's shoulders. MS Ene introducing his family to the camera as they work.
Access No. 136709 | 1 min 43 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
WS of river and track of canoeist paddling across to his home. Pan to Samoan man Ene's house set back from river. CU's of woman serving up cooked fish. WS of Ene sitting on railing watching the cooking in outdoor covered area and pet cat circling nearby. VS of Ene eating with his fingers. WS running across stones near house.
Access No. 136710 | 53 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
GS inside house with Ene looking for his lava lava (wrap-around garment) in suitcase. WS of him putting on his lava lava and taking toothbrush from his wife Marietta and walking through the house brushing his teeth. GS Ene, Marieta, their daughter and other children walking under umbrella to church. GS congregation in church singing. GS Marieta in white dress sitting on steps outside church with young baby on her lap. CUs to crying baby.
Access No. 136711 | 1 min 8 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS Samoans celebrating ANZAC Day with GS woman dancing as others around her sing. The day commemorates when Samoan men were recruited to fight for New Zealand. GS Marieta and Ene watching proceedings. VS volleyball game between the Si'ufaga villagers and a visiting village with opposing groups of musicians singing and playing to support their side. Zoom to young man playing guitar.
Access No. 136712 | 59 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS Ene's uncle, the High Matai or Village Chief welcomes dignitaries gathered in the village for ANZAC Day celebrations. ECU Ene's face. VS of ceremony with small girl giving offered of money and VS women giving valuable mats. WS blue bus past villagers.
Access No. 136713 | 36 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Track along coastal dirt road looking out to sea POV vehicle then pan to bus travelling ahead. Zoom out from Samoan villagers Ene and Marieta travelling on bus with small baby falling asleep on Marieta's lap. Pan from village women doing their washing in waterhole to bus travelling past. Pan past large church, buildings, people and traffic of the Samoan capital of Apia. GS Ene and Marieta crossing busy street.
Access No. 136714 | 1 min 5 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
WS across river to buildings and distant hills behind the Samoan capital of Apia. VS villagers Ene and Marieta having passport photos taken and VS of them talking to officials at desk and having injections. CUs Ene in pain from shots. VS walking through buildings and having medical examinations. High angle circular pan over immigrations office from customers queuing and waiting to officers at bench and then workers at desks in back room.
Access No. 136715 | 1 min 22 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
CU villager Marieta filling out passport application and immigration officer opposite her at desk processing her passport which she then signs. CUs Ene and Marieta eating take-away food and drinking Coke at cafeteria. VS New Zealand embassy official stamping passports and welcoming Ene and Marieta. GS Ene buying Air New Zealand tickets.
Access No. 136716 | 50 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
GS of villager Ene smiling as he runs through his village to be welcomed into the village council receiving his Matai title of Muli'aga by his uncle. VS Ene wearing ceremonial lei during Council ceremony with ritual speeches and drinking of Ava. WS blue bus past camera and VS of Ene and Marieta arriving at Marieta's family home introducing her family to the camera and displaying the safari garments made for her, Ene and baby Bernadette(?) by her mother. ECU baby.
Access No. 136717 | 2 mins 1 sec | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
CUs of villager Ene, his father-in-law and Marieta's family. CUs highly emotional speeches from Marieta's father and mother on the event of her migrating to New Zealand. CUs of husband Ene with voice over of his dislike for her father highlighting the obvious conflict of loyalties within the family. VS of the village gathered as Marieta packs a suitcase. Zoom to Marieta's father sitting on floor and photograph of Marieta as a child.
Access No. 136718 | 1 min 25 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Pan from sea to road and buildings. CU interview on street with Ene giving his version of a large argument between him and his wife Marieta's father resulting in her parents wanting Ene to migrate to New Zealand alone. GS Marieta giving her account of the argument while her baby sleeps under netting.
Access No. 136719 | 1 min 56 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
MS Samoan villager Ene talking to immigration officer explaining that his wife may not be emigrating him him to New Zealand because of her parents. MS interview to camera with Ene angry at what he sees as his wife's disobedience and discussing options to make her come with him. GS Marieta watching buses passing house and WS Ene walking through town with his voice over talking about sending money home to his relatives but not Marieta's.
Access No. 136720 | 2 mins 15 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
GS Samoan villager Marietta walking down through garden to waterhole calmly bathing in water intercut with CUs of interview with her father expressing his misgivings about her husband Ene and his deep love of her, his favourite daughter. Zoom out from baby on mattress under netting to Marieta sitting nearby.
Access No. 136721 | 53 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
VS Ene arriving at his wife Marieta's family home with his younger brother and asks for forgiveness for a fight he'd had with her father. MS Marieta's father shaving in front of mirror. CUs emotional response from father-in-law and impassioned speech from Ene's younger brother asking for forgiveness on Ene's behalf. VS children and others looking on.
Access No. 136722 | 4 mins 16 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
WS girl walking down path with views to water. WS villager Ene's family home with smoking pit in foreground at start of feast celebrating Ene's forthcoming migration to New Zealand with his wife Marieta and baby. VS two men stoning pig for feast then VS preparing it for spit. VS Marieta sitting on mat singing religious songs with village children. VS of food being served at feast, Ene eating, man playing guitar while listeners recline on ground.
Access No. 136723 | 1 min 59 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |
Zoom out from clock chiming on wall to GS family gathered in circle on floor quietly playing cards. MS rooster crowing at daybreak and MS Marieta's mother placing orchid in her hair as she prepares to leave the village. VS emotional farewells with her father and at the airport where boxes of cooked food are prepared to take to relatives in New Zealand. VS around airport with luggage trolly over tarmac, zoom to control tower and tearful farewells. Track following plane taking off.
Access No. 136724 | 2 mins 42 secs | 1980s | West Samoa | © Contact Film Australia Collection Library | Colour |