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Noted: Bold educational portrait

Volume 18, Issue 2

October, 2012

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Abplanalp, K. (2012). Bold educational portrait. Pacific Journalism Review, 18(2): 220-221. Review of Tongan Ark, directed by Paul Janman. Public Films, 2012. tonganark,net
Author(s): Karen Abplanalp
Reviewed feature film/ documentary directed by Paul Janman
Publication date: 
October, 2012

Tongan Ark tells a remarkable story, about a remarkable man, Futa Helu, and his one-of-a-kind, bold, unconventional university called 'Atenisi', the Tongan world for Athens. Ancient philosophy, opera and Tongan culture come together in this intimate portrait of a teacher, his school and his people as they navigate a sea of repression and doubt in a small but troubled Pacific Island kingdom.