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A Boy Called Piano - The Story of Fa'amoana John Luafutu

57m Documentary, Biography 2021

A Boy Called Piano - The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu was developed from the collaboration between Nina Nawalowalo’s theatre company The Conch, Fa’amoana John Luafutu and the Luafutu Aiga.

“This heart-breaking story details Luafutu’s time as a state ward. At its core, it is a story about fathers and sons, intergenerational trauma and redemption. Using his voice for the voiceless, Luafutu and Nawalowalo vitally bring this story to light. A must-watch for all New Zealanders.” — Lana Lopesi

The film has screened locally and internationally at festivals in New Zealand, Australia, Canada, Tahiti, Finland and Guatemala. A Boy Called Piano - The Story of Fa’amoana John Luafutu was recently awarded the Premier prix prize in the Teueikan Award category (Artistic Prize), at the International First Peoples’ Festival Présence Autochtone (FIPA) in Montréal.


Nina Nawalowalo


Katherine Wyeth

Executive Producer

Tom McCrory


Mark Vanilau

Director of Photography

Jess Charlton

Sound Designer

Mike Gibson


Lala Rolls




New Zealand


The Conch

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