From Street to Sky

Director: Bryn Evans
Year: 2008
Country: New Zealand
Running time: 63 mins
New Zealand
Director/Producer: Bryn Evans
Photography: Mike Jonathan, Steve Latty, Bryn Evans, Jos Wheeler
Editor: Oliver Harris
Music: Tigilau Ness
Narrator: Lois McIver

With: Tigilau Ness, Bonny Dowding, Will ‘Ilolahia, Titiwhai Harawira, Miriama Rauhihi, DLT, Che Fu, David Allen

Colour and B&W/ DigiBeta
Local roots musician Tigilau Ness has waited 27 years to release his first album, and in many ways, this warm, intimate documentary portrait is a tribute to his patience. But 52-year-old Ness has been far from idle. Born in Auckland to Niuean parents, he came of age during turbulent times and the early part of his life was dedicated to protest. At 20, he joined the Polynesian Panthers, insisting that Maˉori and Pacific Islanders present a united front on issues of Maˉori sovereignty. In 1981 he was imprisoned after a Springbok Tour protest. Being in jail changed Ness and he became a devout Rastafarian. He is also father to a famous son: Che Fu. These days, he continues to deliver his message of unity among Pacific peoples, but he does so peacefully through song. From Street to Sky delivers a fascinating history lesson as well as an inspiring story of one man‘s difficult journey towards a state of grace. - BZ

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