SOSEFINA, a new Drama/Romance Polynesian American feature film, has will be released in the United States come May 2022.
A self-funded, self-taught film by Taleni Tanielu, Namuali’i Tofa, Hinano and Manu Tanielu, a family of Pacific Islanders.
The statement issued pointed out that SOSEFINA is an inspirational and motivational story based on the true experiences of a Pacific island girl who is challenged to overcome adversity and personal struggles, and must decide whether to continue on the straight and narrow or enter the seedy world of adult entertainment.
An important cultural work that speaks to the core of Pacific Islander identity, SOSEFINA shares a story that is not typically promoted in the traditionally strict and reserved Pacific Islander culture.
“Inspired by a true story, SOSEFINA brings awareness to Pacific Islander culture while inspiring and empowering Pacific Islanders around the world,” remarked Hinano Tanielu.
The film has attracted the attention of prominent Pacific Islanders, including Aupito Sua William Sio, New Zealand Parliament member and Minister for Pacific Peoples, and Lemauga Lydia Sosene, New Zealand Labour Party and Auckland Council member.
Taleni Tanielu said they are excited to announce the release coming late spring 2022 after delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic and that initially it was to premiere and release our movie in New Zealand on March 2020, but the morning of our premiere, we were put into lockdown.
Now that the movie will be finally released they are grateful for all the support received from around the world for this self-funded and self-taught film.
Adding that this is a special story for Pacific Islanders and beyond to enjoy,” he added.