Sons for the Return Home (1979)

  • Drama
  • 1h 57m

Based on Albert Wendt’s 1973 novel, Sons for the Return Home tells the story of a Romeo and Juliet romance between students Sione, a NZ-raised Samoan, and Sarah, a middle class palagi.

This was the first feature film to explore the experiences of Samoans in New Zealand and the related themes of identity, racism and social and sexual consciousness


Paul Maunder


Paul Maunder

Executive Producer

Don Blakeney

Director of Photography

Alun Bollinger

Art Director

Vincent Ward

Production Manager

Grahame McLean



Country of Origin

New Zealand