In our isolated Polynesian community, we live the story of our ancestral culture-hero, Lata. To make a voyage, Lata needs a crew. He welcomes men, women and children—its hard workers with skills along with applicants of dubious character, including an anthropologist, Dr. Marianne “Mimi” George. Our community blesses the vessel and sailors, and we learn how to sail in Lata’s embrace. We find our way in the open ocean by attending to winds, waves, stars, and other signs that our ancestors show us when we need them. We arrive at islands and learn what happened to family members since the last voyage, some generations earlier. We reconcile, reaffirm our love for each other, and look to our future together.
Length: 57 mins.
Director: Marianne "Mimi" George, Heu`ionalani Wyeth
Producer: Marianne "Mimi" George, Heu`ionalani Wyeth
Distributor: Pacific Traditions Society