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Loimata, The Sweetest Tears - World Premiere

Loimata, The Sweetest Tears - World Premiere

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  • Sun 2 Aug, 8:00pm – 4:00am
  • Mon 3 Aug, 10:00am – 11:55pm
  • Tue 4 Aug, 12:00am – 11:55pm
  • Wed 5 Aug, 12:00am – 11:55pm
  • Thu 6 Aug, 12:00am – 11:55pm
  • Fri 7 Aug, 12:00am – 11:55pm
  • Sat 8 Aug, 12:00am – 11:00pm


Virtual Location, Online, Virtual



Ticket Information:

  • Online Premiere: $12.00
  • Online Rental: $10.00
  • Group 3+ Pricing: $20.00

Director Anna Marbrook honours the last voyage of the great waka maker, sailor and mentor Ema Siope, whose journeys between Aotearoa and Sāmoa in search of healing, and her family’s reckoning with systemic abuse, are powerfully documented.

Loimata, The Sweetest Tears
New Zealand/Sāmoa 2020 | 96 minutes | In English and Samoan, with English subtitles | Censors rating tbc. Contains discussion of sexual abuse which may be disturbing for some viewers.

Director: Anna Marbrook | With: Lilo Ema Siope

- Online Premiere:
Sun 2 Aug, 8:00pm. Tickets on sale from 10 Jul.

- Online Rental:
Mon 3 Aug, 10:00am until Sat 8 Aug, 11:00pm. Tickets on sale from 25 Jul.

- In Cinema World Premiere Screening:
Sat 25 Jul, 7:00pm ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland (Filmmaker Q&A) Sold Out

- In Cinema Screenings:
Sun 26 Jul, 4:00pm Monterey Cinemas Takapuna, Auckland*
Sun 26 Jul, 5:00pm Roxy Cinema, Wellington* (Filmmaker Q&A)
Sun 26 Jul, 6:15pm Rialto, Tauranga*
Sun 26 Jul, 7:20pm The Capitol Cinema, Auckland*
Mon 27 Jul, 5:00pm Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth* (Filmmaker Q&A)
Tue 28 Jul, 6:00pm SBS St James Theatre, Gore*
Tue 28 Jul, 8:15pm Rialto, Tauranga*
Wed 29 Jul, 6:00pm Monterey Cinemas Howick, Auckland*
Thu 30 Jul, 8:30pm ASB Waterfront Theatre, Auckland (Filmmaker Q&A)*
Sat 1 Aug, 5:00pm Len Lye Centre, New Plymouth*
Sat 1 Aug, 6:00pm Isaac Theatre Royal, Christchurch*
Sat 1 Aug, 6:00pm MTG Century Theatre, Hawke's Bay*
Sat 2 Aug, 4:00pm Regent, Dunedin* (Filmmaker Q&A)
Tue 4 Aug, 8:00pm The Capitol Cinema, Auckland*
* Tickets on sale from individual cinemas

About the Filmmaker:
Anna Marbrook comes from an extensive theatre and live performance background. Her factual on-screen work, which focuses on Pacific themes, includes the 10-part Waka Warriors series, the Real Pasifik series and the feature-length documentary Te Mana O Te Moana: The Pacific Voyagers.

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