I'm sure I'll look back in a few years at this first produced trailer and cringe a bit, but right now it is the first and I am incredibly proud of it (and grateful to Shandon Loring for his assistance).
Belief is essential to life. If there is a through-line to most of my work, it is the essential need for all of us to believe in something beyond ourselves. It does not matter what. Simply believe. By believing in something beyond yourself, you learn to better understand your world: to believe in yourself.
Miracles: A Trio of Island Tales. These stories are fictionalizations of family stories shared by my collaborator, Ilaisaane Filikitonga Tome. She is a native born Tongan and devout Christian. The power of her stories is moving and undeniable. You may or may not share her belief system, and that does not really matter. It is hard to hear her stories and not recognize the essential power of them.
Meet King Tupou I of Tonga. He was the first in a line of Tongan Kings that has remained unbroken to the present day - through nine generations! He is part of Miracles: A Trio of Island Tales.
During his near century-long life he transformed Tonga from a collection of bickering, war lords to a unified Kingdom. He is the King Arthur of the South Pacific. He was smart, ambitious, and he saw that the only way to combat foreign colonialism in the 19th Century was with one Tonga, under one ruler. He knew that otherwise, the atoll and the people would be picked apart by outside interests.
|King Tupou I of Tonga outside his Palace
Learn more about this remarkable man and the paradise he dreamed of in Miracles: A Trio of Island Tales.