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Schomburg’s ‘Best of’ Series
April 18, 6:30 pm - 8:30 pmFREE
Tanna is set in the South Pacific where Wawa, a young girl from one of the last traditional tribes, falls in love with her chief’s grandson, Dain. When an intertribal war escalates, Wawa is unknowingly betrothed as part of a peace deal. The young lovers run away, but are pursued by enemy warriors’ intent on killing them. They must choose between their hearts and the future of the tribe, while the villagers must wrestle with preserving their traditional culture and adapting it to the increasing outside demands for individual freedom. Tanna is based on a true story and performed by the people of Yakel in Vanuatu.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017 at 6:30pm
Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd, New York, New York 10037
The Schomburg Center and AFF, Inc. present a screening of the Oscar nominated film Tanna, as part of the Schomburg’s Rewind: ‘Best of’ film series. Performed entirely by the Yakel people, Tanna follows two lovers who leave their homes in order to live the life they desire against their families and heritage. Inspired by true events, Tanna brings us closer to a world presumably far from our own but creates a bond surrounded by tragedy and love.
Followed by a discussion with former Vanuatu Ambassador H. E. Robert Van Lierop and Malika Lee Whitney.