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Published on Jan 30, 2008
THE LAND HAS EYES is a captivating saga of one girl's mustering up the heroic spirit of her heritage to confront the modern world. Set on the remote island of Rotuma in the South Pacific, it's a visually entrancing work, capturing the pristine beauty of those luscious climes and cluing us in to a culture that has been defiled in many ways by European colonisation. At once an illuminating ethnography of a remarkable people, THE LAND HAS EYES is most satisfyingly a tale of triumph and assertion. It focuses on Viki (Sapeta Taito), an industrious Rotuman teen who aspires to someday win a scholarship to Fiji. Strong-minded, Viki takes it upon herself to do what her more traditional parents cannot accomplish. This beautiful film brims with a gentle wisdom, courtesy of writer-director Vilsoni Hereniko.