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Born in Samoa, he trained at the International Institute of Modern Letters at the Victoria University of Wellington, at the New Zealand Film School and at the University of Waikato, earning a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing and a degree in Social Sciences. He attended the Talent Campus of the Berlin Film Festival in 2010. He made his debut as a director with Va Tapuia, a 15-minute short film previewed in 2010 at the New Zealand International Film Festival and selected by many other festivals (such as Hawaii, ImagiNative, Show Me Shorts, Clermont Ferrand, Oberhausen and All Roads). Va Tapuia was the breeding ground for much of the troupe that Tamasese used for his first feature-length film O Le Tulafale (The Orator), which is also the first film entirely produced and made in Samoa: the film, the story of a simple man forced to fight to save his land and his family, was presented at the Venice Film Festival in 2011 in the Orizzonti section, winning the jury’s Special Mention.
2011 – O Le Tulafale (The Orator) – Orizzonti (director, screenplay)
2011 – O Le Tulafale (The Orator) – Special Mention