tep tok - our lines connect us 2021

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OUR LINES CONNECT US

A One Story Many Voices Documentary

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Released January 23rd, 2021 at the Auckland Museum

Documentary Runtime : 1 hour 18 minutes 3 seconds

Partly Funded by: Creative NZ, Wantok Music Foundation, Auckland Council, 

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About:

Tep Tok : Our Lines Connect Us is the second Tep Tok (Tap Talk) documentary by Julia Mage'au Gray of Sunameke Productions. A documentary following the skin marking stories of Melanesian women living in New Zealand and Australia with Papua New Guinea and Fiji heritage. The documentary will share the conversations around revival and transmission of knowledge from the perspectives of First Peoples Revivalists from Papua New Guinea, India, Philippines, Borneo, Taiwan, Inuit, Hawai’i and Aotearoa, New Zealand. 

 

Director Statement

Myself as a skin marker and film maker, this sequel has been an avenue to author the stories of the people we’ve marked and met through the work of @melanesianmarks 

 

Travelling, filming and editing Tep Tok : Reading Between Our Lines from 2012 to 2015 was a defining period of time that transformed myself from a dancer and visual artist to then picking up the tools and learning to mark skin. This sequel follows what happened after picking up the tools.

 

The Tep Tok documentaries are not the typical traditional or cinematic documentary but a layered puzzle piecing of the many voices from the stories shared with myself and my family. 

 

So thankful to the many voices that shared their stories.

-Julia Mage'au Gray

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Thank you to those who shared their time and thoughts:

First Peoples Revivalists from Papua New Guinea, India, Philippines, Borneo, Taiwan, Inuit, Hawai’i and Aotearoa, New Zealand.

Papua New Guinea: Julia Mageau Gray, Salevasa Etoliuna Gray, Michaelyn Aisa Pokarop (Melanesian Marks)


Nagaland, India: Moranngam Khaling - Mo Naga (Headhunters’ Ink)
Philippines: Jonathan Cena & Jean Sioson (Katribu Tatu) | Lane Wilcken (lanewilcken.com)

Borneo: Herpianto Hendra (Traditional Dayak Iban tribe design, Folk Tattoo Space) | Limuel Estrop (Orangutan Studio, Kota Kinabalu) | Jeremy Lo (Kuching, Sarawak - Monkey Tattoo Studio) Taiwan: Cudjuy Patjidres (Paiwanese Tattoo)


British Columbia, Canada: Dion Kaszas (HFX Tattoo)

Inuit: Sarah Ayaqi Whalen-Lunn (Inuit hand poke and skinstitch practitioner - Ink Stitcher) 

 

Hawai’i: Kamaliikūpono K. Hanohano


Aotearoa, New Zealand: Moko Smith (Uhi Tapu)

The voices of skin marking (tattoo) practitioners, pacific arts curators and Oceanic women that heal, are fathers, are mothers, that dance and wear their marks share their thoughts about the importance of the revival of marking skin.

Milly Koria-Grant - Vocalist, Healer - Mixed bloodlines, - Turongo Collective


Michaelyn Pokarop - Social Worker, Stretcher - Papua New Guinea - Melanesian Marks


Charlene Tedrow - Dancer, Tutor, Director - Samoa - Ura Tabu Productions


Graham Tipene - Designer and Ta Moko artist - Maori - Te Wheke Moko


Tyla Vaeau - Tattooist - Samoa 


Georgie Williams - Tattooist - Maori - Georgie Williams on the road Worldwide


Tepaeru Ariki Lulu French - Medical Doctor, Dancer - Aitutaki Cook Islands - Polynesian Entertainers 


Pat Morrow - Tattooist - Samoa - True Markings Studio

 

Credits

 

JULIA MAGE"AU GRAY & RANU JAMES - ORIGINAL TEP TOK CAST

EDITED BY JULIA MAGE'AU GRAY, SOUND BY DAVID BRIDIE | MIXED BY ANDREW ROBINSON, 

MUSICIANS: ROSIE EXCESS, PIUS WASI, MILLY GRANT-KORIA

DEEP THANKS TO OUR WHANAU, 

RANU JAMES AND FAMILY, KATRINA SONTER,

AIRILEKE INGRAM, TANIA NUGENT, PAT MORROW

MAITREE PRODUCTIONS, VICE, VUNILAGI VOU, INTERNI DESIGN STUDIO,

COCONETTV, TURONGO COLLECTIVE, PASIFIKA FILM FEST 

& ALL OF THE AMAZING PEOPLE WHO SHARED THEIR VOICES

 

FILMED THROUGHOUT OCEANIA; 

AUSTRALIA, PAPUA NEW GUINEA, NEW ZEALAND, HAWAI'I AND BORNEO

Ranu James

Gabagaba Village, Motu, Papua New Guinea

Of Papua New Guinean Australian heritage living in Brisbane, Australia. Ranu was one of the featured women from the first Tep Tok from Gabagaba Village in Motu, Central province, PNG. This sequel will share her journey since the first Tep Tok and how it has influenced and changed her and her daughters lives.