Matai Samoa

© Milner
65 minutes / Colour / 1989
Directed by
George Milner

Country of production United Kingdom

The film is a valuable treatment of archival footage that George Milner shot while conducting fieldwork in 1955 and 1959. The footage (18 minutes of the total film) focuses on the traditional Samoan way of life. Then the footage is discussed and analysed by Christina Toren, a South Pacific specialist, and Reverend Lalomilo Kamu, a Samoan scholar. The interview gives a rare opportunity to hear a scholar from the filmed group comment on and explain the symbolism behind the pictures.

Language and subtitles English (no subtitles)

Region New Zealand and Polynesia

Country Samoa

Keywords History of Anthropology Film / Photography / Mass media Social Organisation Archival material / Museum displays Ritual