Tampere Film Festival & Yle Teema: Childhood in the South Seas

Screening dedicated to a hundred-year-old documentary classic and its recent sequel.

Robert Flaherty (1884–1951) directed Nanook of the North (1922), the first film to be regarded as a documentary. Afterwards he traveled with his family to the island of Samoa to make his second film Moana (1926). Flaherty's little daughter Monica spent many happy years in the South Seas surrounded by Samoan songs, and for the rest of her life she looked for a way back to the paradise of her early childhood.

In 1981, Moana was made into a version that included a soundtrack by Monica Flaherty (1920–2008) recorded on the island. The documentary Monica in the South Seas tells about the inaccessibility of the past, about western fantasies, and about Monica Flaherty's life's work.

Marika Kecskeméti

NOTE: Though free to attend, due to limited seating, this screening requires attendees to get tickets in advance. You can get you ticket free of charge at one of our ticket outlets: Finnkino Cine Atlas starting on March 4, and Arthouse Cinema Niagara starting on March 6.

Language: Eng Duration: 171 min Age Limit: For All Ages

  • kalenteri-ikoni Sun 10.3.

  • kelloikoni 13:00

  • karttaikoni Cine Atlas 2

  • 0 (Limited seating)

  • Monica Flaherty mikrofoni kädessään.

    Monica in the South Seas

    Director: Sami van Ingen, Mika Taanila
    Country: Finland
    Year: 2023
    Genre: Documentary
    Duration: 73 min
    Age Limit:

    Return to a childhood paradise. A film about Monica Flaherty’s ambitious quest in the 1970s to create a perfect sound version of the silent feature film Moana (1926) directed by her parents Robert and Frances Flaherty in Samoa.

  • Samoan alkuperäiskansaa tanssimassa.

    Moana with Sound

    Director: Robert Flaherty, Frances Flaherty, Monica Flaherty
    Country: United States
    Year: 1926 / 1981
    Genre: Documentary
    Duration: 98 min
    Age Limit:

    In 1926, documentary film pioneers Robert and Frances Flaherty and family traveled to the Samoan island of Savaii to record the native life and make a film that would try to match the success of Nanook of the North. Restored with native sounds and traditional songs that Flahertys daughter recorded over a half-century after they shot it, Monica Flaherty's Moana with Sound is a beautiful work of docufiction and an important piece of film history.