A remote Pacific island dominated by an active volcano is the setting for a forbidden love story that challenges tradition among the Yakel tribe.
Promised to a warrior in an opposing tribe to calm hostilities, Wawa is attracted to her own chief’s grandson, the handsome Dain. Love is not part of tradition and the two are forced to flee, finding shelter in caves under the volcano. But this can be no happy ending as they are pursued by both enemy warriors and family members.
Based on a true story and working with a cast of non-professional actors, directors Martin Butler and Bentley Dean (TV’s First Footprints, Contact) sensitively address the tribal culture in telling it’s Romeo and Juliet tale whilst creating a visual feast and celebration of a way of life.
Nominated for the 2017 best foreign language film Oscar.