Marks of Mana

“Tatau is one of the most effective signposts
in telling the world who you are.”
– Lisa Taouma

Of all of the art of the skin in Te Moana Nui a Kiwa (the Pacific Ocean), the markings for women have been given the least attention. Yet Tatau Fafine is imbued with mana and meanings which reach back through time to the very origins of Pacific tatau history. 

The film looks at a number of women who are now reclaiming the art of tatau for themselves, as well as for the memories of their ancestors. The result is a celebration of the wave of female tatau artists that is now turning the tides of the male-dominated culture of Pacific tattooing.

“A valuable, enlightening and uplifting look at the ceremonial aspect of Polynesian tattoos”
– A**holes Watching Movies

From the two tatau goddesses who brought the art to Samoa to the practice of marking women in Papua New Guinea, Fiji and Aotearoa, Lisa Taouma’s film explores these ancient symbols, their meanings and their relevance for today’s Polynesian women.

Marks of Mana won Best NZ Cinematography, and received a Special Mention in the NZ Feature category, at the Doc Edge Awards 2019.

The film screened at Doc Edge Festival 2019.

Previous festival appearances for Marks of Mana include
imagineNATIVE, Canada: winner, Best Documentary Work Long Format
FIFO, Tahiti

Director Lisa Taouma presented Marks of Mana
and took part in Q&A sessions at the following screenings:

Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre | 4 June | 8:00 PM
Auckland | Loft, Q Theatre | 8 June | 10:30 AM
Wellington | The Roxy 1 | 18 June | 8:00 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 2 | 22 June | 10:30 AM

Session Time

Auckland | Rangatira, Q Theatre
Tue 4 Jun
08:00 PM
Auckland | Loft, Q Theatre
Sat 8 Jun
10:30 AM
Wellington | The Roxy 1
Tue 18 Jun
08:00 PM
Wellington | The Roxy 2
Sat 22 Jun
10:30 AM
56 min
Western Samoa, New Zealand
Lisa Taouma