Our Lines Connect Us
A Melanesian Skin Marking Documentary
TEP TOK 2 RELEASES September 2020
Partly Funded by: Creative NZ
Tep Tok : Our Lines Connect Us will be the second Tep Tok (Tap Talk) documentary by Julia Mage'au Grayof Sunameke Productions. A documentary that will be told in three parts 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.
The sequel, Tep Tok : Our Lines Connect Us will share the stories of four Melanesian women:
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 and her three daughters journey since the first Tep Tok. Vasa a young woman of Papua New Guinean, Samoan and Australian heritage picking up the hand tapping tools and wearing the marks of her Mekeo Bubu (Grandmother) as a descendant of the missionaries that stopped the last woman being marked in Ranu’s village in PNG.
Ema and Emmaline of Fijian heritage share their transitions in life, wearing full veiqia. The two ladies share their physical awakenings of an old practice and how it is relevant to their everyday lives in New Zealand.
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.