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Tongan Ark


Sat 12 Mar 2016, 6:00pm–7:15pm

Where: Te Oro, 98 Line Rd, Glen Innes, Auckland

Restrictions: All Ages

Registration Types:

  • General Entry: Free
  • Eventfinda tickets no longer on sale


Listed by: Te Oro

Free screening as part of Auckland Arts Festival White Night programme at Te Oro.
Limited seats available.

“Tongan Ark is a film about tiny islands and big ideas. It takes us to ‘Atenisi, a poor but vibrant university in the Kingdom of Tonga, where the veteran philosopher and opera buff Futa Helu and his talented but eccentric staff teach Greek philosophy alongside Polynesian dance, and advocate both freedom of thought and a concern for tradition.

Helu founded his school to help reform Tongan society, and his work as a social critic has earned him the nickname the ‘Socrates of Tonga’. But when a riot erupts outside the school gates, the crises of contemporary Tonga become the crises of ‘Atenisi. State repression, poverty, and violence all threaten the future of Futa Helu’s school.

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