Los Angeles,CA – March 5th, 2014 – The Cinequest Film Festival 2014 will be showcasing a world premiere of the first tongan feature film called When The Man Went South this year on March 7th, 2014. Five filmmakers took their journey to the small island Kingdom Of Tonga to create an aesthetically beautiful picture of the country’s culture, landscape and gorgeous sea.
There’s no question that the urban island community will come out and show support for this film. This is historical because the filmmakers were able to trail-blaze a tongan language feature length movie and showcase it on an american world class stage. The anticipation is high in the community and many of the local islanders that live in the San Francisco area and its surrounding cities are curious to see their culture and heritage brought to light on the big screen.
Written and directed by Alex Bernstein, he states,”I treasure the time I spent in Tonga and the people who made it special. I’ll always be indebted to them. I hope our movie entertains you, and more than that I hope it makes the people of Tonga proud.” Bernstein and his production crew have done a marvelous job in showcasing the beautiful island of ‘Eua which is another island off the coast of Tonga. They were overwhelmed by the love and hospitality of the natives and it inspired them to finish their work for the world to see.
Film Producer Agent Ogden shares this thoughts on the people of Tonga and he says,”Tonga is a beautiful place. The islands are beautiful. They helped in creating backdrops in a lot of our scenes, and beautiful landscapes. The people were accommodating and helpful and we’ve created some life long friends. We hope to go back to the islands and screen it for the people and give them a cinematic experience.” My hope is that every tongan who lives in the San Francisco bay area can come out and support this film and be proud to be able to go to the movies and know that a piece of who they are is being showcased and that is WhatItDo!
Written By: Elizabeth Lavulo