The Orator (O Le Tulafale) (2011)

  • Drama
  • 1h 50m

Directed and Written by:
Tusi Tamasese

This is the first feature film made entirely in Samoan. Steeped in Samoan culture and tradition, the central character is Saili, a man outcast from his village for being a dwarf. Married to another outcast, he lives a simple life, tending his parents’ graves and surviving in the jungles of Upolo.

When his wife’s family appear without warning, Saili’s world is turned upside-down and he must find the strength to fight for the things he holds dear.

In Samoan culture, words and oration are used as tools of war, as sharp and lethal as swords. Saili’s power over language make him as much of a warrior as the ancient chiefs who shed blood to keep control of their land.

Shot on location on the island of Upolu, Samoa and directed by first timer Tusi Tamasese, The Orator had its World Premiere screening at the Venice Film Festival.

“Tamasese finds eloquent voice with The Orator, a beautifully nuanced debut.” - The Hollywood Reporter


Tusi Tamasese


Tusi Tamasese


Tim Prebble


Leon Narbey


Simon Price

Production Designer

Robert Astley





Country of Origin

New Zealand, Samoa