Tautua: Inked in Service | Trailer | RNZ
In Tautua: Inked in Service, RNZ Social Media Journalist Faivaeselopepe Anric Sitanilei undergoes the transformative process of receiving the traditional Samoan malofie, also known as the tatau.
Through vivid storytelling and intimate interviews, the documentary unveils the evolving role of the tatau in a changing world, showcasing its enduring power as a testament to Samoan heart and spirit.
Sitanilei says the tatau has long been a shielded part of Samoan culture.
“I wanted to share my story to showcase the tatau, and to show our audience that they’re not just tattoos, that receiving the tatau is a privilege, an honour and can be a spiritual experience.”
Tautua: Inked in Service is a celebration of heritage, tradition, and dedication to family and community and will be released on Sunday 28th May to coincide with the start of Samoan Language Week.