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Sapelo

  • 1h 32m
  • Nick Brandestini
  • Switzerland
  • 2020

On the barrier island of Sapelo, two brothers, JerMarkest and Johnathan, are growing up in the last remaining enclave of the Saltwater Geechee people. Their greatest joy is exploring the island like their adoptive mother, Cornelia Walker Bailey, did as a child. As Sapelo’s storyteller and elder matriarch, Cornelia works to preserve what remains of this unique community established by her ancestors.

Reflecting on the complicated splendour of her youth, Cornelia strives to shepherd her young sons through theirs. At the dawn of adolescence, the brothers inherit her hope, but their bond is tested as they begin to face the wider world.

ASIA PACIFIC PREMIERE

An affecting coming of age story underpinned by a lament for a vanishing heritage with a tender human touch.
Screen International

This film is part of our Family/Whānau Category, proudly presented by Rei Foundation.

Director

Nick Brandestini

Producer

Vesna Eckert

Language

English

Subtitles

English

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