New Zealand


Director: Tusi Tamasese
Year: 2017
Duration: 98′
Language: Original Version / Spanish subtitles
Genre: Drama


From the Writer and Director of The Orator – O Le Tulafale, One Thousand Ropes is a story of a father reconnecting with his youngest daughter and together putting to rest the ghosts that haunt them. She arrives vulnerable: badly beaten and heavily pregnant. He struggles with the inner temptation and the encouragement from the men in his life, to take revenge in the way he knows best on one hand and on the other, to build the new family and companionship so desperately missing from his life. One Thousand Ropes is a deeply moving film about connections, redemption and new beginnings.

Director’s Biography

Tusi Tamasese is a Samoan New Zealander. Tusi has a Master of Arts in screen writing from the IIML Victoria University of Wellington, having graduated from the NZ Film School in Wellington, and prior to that with a Bachelor’s degree in social sciences from the University of Waikato.  In 2015 he was named a new Generation NZ Arts Laureate.

He now lives in Wellington with his wife and three children.

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